comity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n comity a state or atmosphere of harmony or mutual civility and respect
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Comity Mildness and suavity of manners; courtesy between equals; friendly civility; as, comity of manners; the comity of States.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n comity Mildness and suavity in intercourse; courtesy; civility.
    • n comity In international law, that courtesy between states or nations by which the laws and institutions of the one are recognized, and in certain cases and under certain limitations given effect to, by the government of the other, within its territory.
    • n comity Synonyms Amenity, suavity, politeness, consideration.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Comity kom′i-ti courteousness: civility
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. comitas, fr. comis, courteous, kind
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. comitascomis, courteous.

Usage

In literature:

I was happiest in the comity of the crowd.
"And Even Now" by Max Beerbohm
If she has, it would add another interest to a treaty of comity and alliance.
"Thankful Blossom" by Bret Harte
Had they some comity, some etiquette, which a man forced to leave his place could appeal to, and so get it back?
"Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
It was a martter of comity to go with the committee.
"Punchinello, Vol. 1, No. 6, May 7, 1870" by Various
The doctrine of comity is inapplicable in this category of cases.
"The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation"
The principles of international comity are fast spreading among the nations.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Then followed the comitial days, on which a meeting of the senate was impossible.
"The Letters of Cicero, Volume 1" by Marcus Tullius Cicero
There is no country, however high it may stand in the comity of nations, which is not sometimes carried away by the blind fever of war.
"The Task of Social Hygiene" by Havelock Ellis
I'd been on th' cinthral comity to-day, but f'r me losin' ambition whin they r-run a man be th' name iv Eckstein f'r aldherman.
"Mr. Dooley in Peace and in War" by Finley Peter Dunne
To ask for comity in the matter was to ask for the voidance of the treaty.
"History of the United States, Volume 4" by E. Benjamin Andrews
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In news:

Family Law – Child support order enforced under international comity .
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Lessons From the Class Of '48: Ambition, Comity .
Family Law – Child support order enforced under international comity.
Bulletin Today Politics In what may be a rare point of comity, some politicians in both parties have at least one budget idea they like.
In calling for civility, courage, compassion, and character, he spoke to the desire of many for greater national comity and citizen accountability.
The former Lyndon Johnson aide, who has died at 83, represented a bygone era of compromise and comity in Washington.
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