suavity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n suavity the quality of being bland and gracious or ingratiating in manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Suavity Sweetness to the taste.
    • Suavity The quality of being sweet or pleasing to the mind; agreeableness; softness; pleasantness; gentleness; urbanity; as, suavity of manners; suavity of language, conversation, or address.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n suavity Pleasant or soothing quality or manner; agreeableness; blandness: as, suavity of manner or address.
    • n suavity Hence Pl. suavities (-tiz). That which is suave, bland, or soothing.
    • n suavity Sweetness to the senses; a mild or agreeable quality.
    • n suavity Synonyms Urbanity, amenity, civility, courtesy.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. suavitas,: cf. F. suavité,

Usage

In literature:

He loved the island, despite the inhospitable people, because of the suavity of its climate.
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
A pleasant suavity and gentleness marks their behaviour.
"Change in the Village" by (AKA George Bourne) George Sturt
Morton, frantic over the trickery that, as he believed, had been attempted against him, made no pretense of suavity in this emergency.
"Making People Happy" by Thompson Buchanan
Though the man's manner was suave, it seemed to wear the suavity of success and she loathed him for that, too.
"The Lady of Loyalty House" by Justin Huntly McCarthy
The winning and honest suavity of Caesar here starts a pang of remorse in Brutus.
"The New Hudson Shakespeare: Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare
His writings indicate natural suavity of temper.
"On Calvinism" by William Hull
His conduct at the plundering of the gold-escort is fully equal to the traditional suavity of Claude Duval.
"Australian Writers" by Desmond Byrne
She had a certain graceful suavity and took no delight in offending anyone.
"A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
She leaned panting there while he talked rapidly, explaining with suavity and point.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
Thus, while they have smiles and words of suavity for some, they can deal freely in such abuse to those who doubt their highest perfection.
"The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences" by Hosea Quinby
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In poetry:

Tree of our state and emblem of neatness,
Beauty and grace abide in thy form;
Not in thy blood alone courses a sweetness,
Thy ev'ry unfolding is suavity born.
"The Tree Of State" by Jared Barhite