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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Genteel  \Gen*teel"\,  a.  [F.  gentil  noble,  pretty,  graceful.  See 
  {Gentle}.] 
  1.  Possessing  or  exhibiting  the  qualities  popularly  regarded 
  as  belonging  to  high  birth  and  breeding;  free  from 
  vulgarity,  or  lowness  of  taste  or  behavior;  adapted  to  a 
  refined  or  cultivated  taste;  polite;  well-bred;  as 
  genteel  company,  manners,  address. 
 
  2.  Graceful  in  mien  or  form  elegant  in  appearance,  dress,  or 
  manner;  as  the  lady  has  a  genteel  person.  Law. 
 
  3.  Suited  to  the  position  of  lady  or  a  gentleman;  as  to  live 
  in  a  genteel  allowance. 
 
  Syn:  Polite;  well-bred;  refined;  polished. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  genteel 
  adj  :  marked  by  refinement  in  taste  and  manners;  "cultivated 
  speech";  "cultured  Bostonians";  "cultured  tastes";  "a 
  genteel  old  lady";  "polite  society"  [syn:  {civilized}, 
  {cultivated},  {cultured},  {polite}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  GENTEEL,  adj  Refined,  after  the  fashion  of  a  gent. 
 
  Observe  with  care  my  son,  the  distinction  I  reveal: 
  A  gentleman  is  gentle  and  a  gent  genteel. 
  Heed  not  the  definitions  your  Unabridged"  presents, 
  For  dictionary  makers  are  generally  gents. 
  G.J. 
 
 




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