• WordNet 3.6
    • n urbanity the quality or character of life in a city or town "there is an important difference between rusticity and urbanity"
    • n urbanity polished courtesy; elegance of manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1924, Pope Urban VIII threatened to excommunicate snuff users.
    • Urbanity Polite wit; facetiousness. "Raillery in the sauce of civil entertainment; and without some such tincture of urbanity , good humor falters."
    • Urbanity The quality or state of being urbane; civility or courtesy of manners; politeness; refinement. "The marquis did the honors of his house with the urbanity of his country."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The US President's Cabinet is composed of: the Attorney General, the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Treasury, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Interior, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Health/Human Services, the Secretary of Housing/Urban Development, the Secretary of Labor, the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the Secretary of Education.
    • n urbanity The character of being urbane; that civility or courtesy of manners which is acquired by associating with well-bred people; politeness; suavity; courtesy.
    • n urbanity A polished humor or facetiousness.
    • n urbanity Synonyms Complaisance, amenity. See polite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Urbanity the quality of being urbane: refinement: politeness
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  • Marshall Mcluhan
    “The car has become the carapace, the protective and aggressive shell, of urban and suburban man.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. urbanitas,; cf. F. urbanité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. urbanusurbs, a city.


In literature:

He detected beneath that courteous smile and that urbane manner the signs of care.
"Kenelm Chillingly, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The young man's tact, his deference, his urbane insistence, won a concession from Mrs. Cleve.
"Madame de Mauves" by Henry James
They grow meaner and meaner as they grow more urbanized.
"National Being" by (A.E.)George William Russell
His nose was a little redder, and his manner had gained in urbanity, that was all.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Pope Urban, a bacon-picker.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book II." by Francois Rabelais
He received me with urbanity as before, but neither confirmed my hopes nor my fears.
"Zenobia" by William Ware
Jack Meredith looked on the blank faces with a glance of urbane inquiry.
"With Edged Tools" by Henry Seton Merriman
The undertakers are in all cases the urban communes, and the performers, as well as the managers, act as communal officials.
"Freeland" by Theodor Hertzka
She had a woman's sense of humour, which is not always urbane.
"Viviette" by William J. Locke
Or the scholarly and urbane Robinson of Ethiopian extraction?
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams

In poetry:

That Crusher looked, and said,
With unimpaired urbanity,
"SIR HERBERT, you've a head
That teems with inhumanity.
"Phrenology" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"We won't pretend, my lad, as how
We're glad to lose our REECE;
Urbane, polite, he suited quite
"The Martinet" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Boccaccio was a novelist, a child
Of fancy and of fiction at the best!
This the urbane librarian said, and smiled
Incredulous, as at some idle jest.
"Monte Cassino. Terra Di Lavoro. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Fourth)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Yes! urban is your Muse, and owns
An empire based on London stones;
Yet flow'rs, as mountain violets sweet,
Spring from the pavement 'neath her feet.
"To Austin Dobson" by William Watson
Than, in this hamlet of the plain,
A less sublime repose to gain,
Where Nature, genial and urbane,
To man defers,
Yielding to us the right to reign,
Which yet is hers.
"In Laleham Churchyard" by William Watson
Be courteous! is nothing helpful half so cheap
As kind urbanity that doth so much of gladness bring;
More precious too than all the treasures of the deep,
Making the winter of discomfort seem like joyous spring.
"Be Courteous" by Hattie Howard

In news:

She has been researching noise in urban settings for the last five years.
Urban school districts look to 'savior' superintendents, only to fire them when they fail to fix everything.
Plus, Urban Outfitters bed bug scare, H&M Home line coming to US, Pittsburgh Fashion's Night Out model call and more.
Urban Reel Rumble presented by Banshee Bungee: Round 4.
The Buckeyes running back talks about how he fits into Urban Meyer's offense.
Ebenezer Aka, political science professor and director of the Urban Studies Program at Morehouse, is an expert in urban planning.
"Blog Your Way to Small Business Success" seminar by Jenna Urban, creator of Bucktown Bargains, 9 am at the Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce, 222 Mulberry St, Scranton.
Andrew Thomas is Executive in Residence at the Energy Policy Center of the Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University.
East Palo Alto business district plan must 'get it right' Urban Land Institute offers guidance for the city's last, best commercial real estate project.
Urban Outfitters Will Ring You Up With iPads.
Urban Outfitters, Dunkin Donuts, Noodles & Co.
We'll talk about chaparral 's role in the ecosystem and managing the wildland-urban interface.
Margaret Buckner Young, educator, author, civic and corporate leader, and widow of civil rights leader and National Urban League Executive Director, Whitney M Young Jr, died in her home in Denver, Colorado on December 5th, 2009.
Urban Studies Closing Up Shop.
Urban skates to 7th term.

In science:

As such the author is naturally indebted to his advisor Urban Cegrell for suggestions and comments, and to the faculty opponent Alexander Rashkovskii for many fruitful suggestions.
Pluricomplex charge at weak singularities
Figures 2(a), (b), and (c) compare relative frequencies of samples to their associated G 0 fitted densities for urban, forest, and pasture regions, respectively.
Hypothesis Testing in Speckled Data with Stochastic Distances
Relative frequencies (◦) and G 0 fitted densities (−) for (a) urban, (b) forest, and (c) pasture regions.
Hypothesis Testing in Speckled Data with Stochastic Distances
In urban scenarios the results show that SKL , ST and SJS maintain the good performance.
Hypothesis Testing in Speckled Data with Stochastic Distances
Rev. D43, 1743 (1991). Urban, M., et al., in Towards a Major Atmospheric Cherenkov Detector for TeV Astroparticle Physics, eds. P.
Milagrito: a TeV air-shower array