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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gentility  \Gen*til"i*ty\,  n.  [L.  gentilitas  the  relationship  of 
  those  who  belong  to  the  same  clan,  also  heathenism:  cf  F. 
  gentilit['e]  heathenism.  See  {Gentile}.] 
  1.  Good  extraction;  dignity  of  birth.  --Macaulay. 
 
  He  .  .  .  mines  my  gentility  with  my  education. 
  --Shak. 
 
  2.  The  quality  or  qualities  appropriate  to  those  who  are  well 
  born,  as  self-respect,  dignity,  courage,  courtesy, 
  politeness  of  manner,  a  graceful  and  easy  mien  and 
  behavior,  etc.;  good  breeding. 
 
  3.  The  class  in  society  who  are  or  are  expected  to  be 
  genteel;  the  gentry.  [R.]  --Sir  J.  Davies. 
 
  4.  Paganism;  heathenism.  [Obs.]  --Hooker. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gentility 
  n  :  elegance  by  virtue  of  fineness  of  manner  and  expression 
  [syn:  {refinement},  {breeding},  {genteelness}] 




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