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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

Polite or well-bred.

Usage examples (35)
  • All of the guests at the wedding appeared to be very genteel.
  • Her cousins made game of what they called her genteel visitor.
  • And who, in turn, are despised even as they are exploited by the so-called genteel class.
  • The Haitian tragedy has opened up a whole new industry for what I call the genteel racist point of view. for more
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  • A "gentile" (one who is not Jewish or Mormon) can be "genteel" (polite) and also "gentle" (kind).
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