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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Civillty  \Ci*vil"l*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Civilities}.  [L.  civilitas:  cf 
  F.  civilit['e].  See  {Civil}.] 
  1.  The  state  of  society  in  which  the  relations  and  duties  of 
  a  citizen  are  recognized  and  obeyed;  a  state  of 
  civilization.  [Obs.] 
 
  Monarchies  have  risen  from  barbarrism  to  civility, 
  and  fallen  again  to  ruin.  --Sir  J. 
  Davies. 
 
  The  gradual  depature  of  all  deeper  signification 
  from  the  word  civility  has  obliged  the  creation  of 
  another  word  --  civilization.  --Trench. 
 
  2.  A  civil  office,  or  a  civil  process  [Obs.] 
 
  To  serve  in  a  civility.  --Latimer. 
 
  3.  Courtesy;  politeness;  kind  attention;  good  breeding;  a 
  polite  act  or  expression. 
 
  The  insolent  civility  of  a  proud  man  is  if 
  possible,  more  shocking  than  his  rudeness  could  be 
  --Chesterfield. 
 
  The  sweet  civilities  of  life.  --Dryden. 
 
  Syn:  Urbanity;  affability;  complaisance. 




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