The genteel


  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • The genteel the manners and usages of genteel or well-bred society
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  • Thomas Hardy
    “Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. gentil—L. gentilis, belonging to the same gens, or clan—later, well-bred.


In literature:

Many of these belonged to the labouring class; others were of the mercantile and genteeler orders.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Once upon a time a cat had six kittens, whom she brought up in the most genteel manner.
"The Comical Creatures from Wurtemberg" by Unknown
Genteel lodgings in Ebury Street which did not possess somewhere an old "Peerage" would be out of the world indeed.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
They stopped at all the genteel houses, and many of the farmhouses, to ask them if they wanted any goods.
"Forgotten Tales of Long Ago" by E. V. Lucas
The woman, tall, dark-eyed, stately, very genteel in spite of evident poverty, was about thirty-five years of age.
"Donald and Dorothy" by Mary Mapes Dodge
The newspapers, however, called it an excellent discourse to a genteel audience, and announced regular services.
"The Siege of Boston" by Allen French
Eventually the situation began to depress him, so terribly stiff were they all in their attempt to be genteel.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
A genteel dress is the very soul of a man, Mr. Cubb.
"The Politician Out-Witted" by Samuel Low
Wal, I do hope she'll git some mutton, for the Joneses has it; and we ought to be as genteel as our neighbours.
"The Universal Reciter" by Various
It is not above a desire to be on the genteel side.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864" by Various
Two or three boys had been taken from the Seminary, because it was vulgar, and sent to St. Columba's, in order to get into genteel society.
"Young Barbarians" by Ian Maclaren
The cultivated and truly genteel mind is never guilty of it.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 88, February, 1865" by Various
The more genteel and the richer you are, the later you eat your meals.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
There were not many young people present, and the affair was quiet and genteel in the extreme.
"That Mother-in-Law of Mine" by Anonymous
He must be a great shock to its sense of the genteel and the respectable.
"Whitman" by John Burroughs
It seemed that I had about exhausted all the physical culture methods that might be considered genteel and in my class.
"Confessions of a Neurasthenic" by William Taylor Marrs
I've had a little more than a genteel sufficiency during the past few months, and I'm pining for a sight of dear old England.
"Guy in the Jungle" by William Murray Graydon
A GENTEEL REPROOF was really required to check the somewhat indelicate curiosity of lady-visitors to the camp.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Since the departure of Charles the Second, London life had been relatively genteel.
"Historia Amoris: A History of Love, Ancient and Modern" by Edgar Saltus
The more genteel and honorable one is, the more one can endure.
"Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen

In poetry:

An old & cheap hotel
w/bums in the lobby
genteel bums of satisfied
"Paris Journal" by James Douglas Morrison
Sir Robert Peel
Said it was not genteel
But on the contrary, very rude
To tax the people’s food.
"Clerihew – Peel" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
SOME children are so naughty,
And some are very good;
But the Genteel Family
Did always what it should.
"A Genteel Family" by Kate Greenaway
While round the church in clothes genteel
Discoursed the men of mark,
And each man squatted on his heel,
And chewed his piece of bark.
"Said Hanrahan" by John O Brien
The Persians were a gaudy race,
Much giv'n to dress and grand display;
I'm grieved to note this is the case
With other people at this day;
And folks are judged of from outside attractions,
Instead of from good sense and genteel actions.
"An Eastern Tale" by David John Scott

In news:

As the oldest and most exclusive country club on an island renowned for wealth and privacy, it thrives on a policy of genteel secrecy that would make Dick Cheney proud.
As genteel as the South may be, when it comes to football it's best not to poke the hornets' nest.
The first is that they play a very quiet and restrained kind of folk, deliberate, precise, genteel, and even polite.
For six days beginning August 29 the southern city will be gracious yet anything but genteel.
Southern California Close-Ups: The gentle and genteel Santa Barbara.
But genteel is hardly the word to describe the escalating battle between property owners and trustees over the care, the design and the look of the city's best-known private park.
The XKR-S, available in limited quantities as a convertible or a coupe, should dispel any long-held notions about the genteel nature of Jaguar's sports cars.
Fans of the Tottenham soccer club make followers of US sports seem genteel, and sober.
The genteel English ladies from Farndale Avenue's Dramatic Society are world renowned for their complete incompetence, and their production of "A Christmas Carol" is likely to be their worst (and funniest) yet.
Discover a genteel, date-friendly spot in the chaos of South Beach.
THE more genteel the hotel, the more softly it speaks.
The Kennedy Center Honors may seem like a genteel tribute to the world's greatest performers, but a public squabble about the selection process has revealed behind-the-scenes resentment over the lack of Latino honorees.
T he southern gateway to Up North's golden coast, the petite village of Pentwater is a genteel gem worthy of its welcome post.
The John Galliano show went for the sex-in-the-saddle look, while the gaucho theme at Hermès had a more genteel image of horseback riding.
First-time director Dustin Hoffman steps lightly with the genteel comedy 'Quartet,' which boasts an excellent ensemble, including Maggie Smith and Billy Connolly.