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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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adj. - Trying to maintain dignity and self respect despite tattered clothing.

Usage examples (34)
  • Her own shabby-genteel clothing fit in perfectly here, giving her no cause for embarrassment.
  • "I look, and to be frank, my dear boy, I must say that you look more shabby-genteel than otherwise."
  • "Pleasant," the phouka said, looking around at the boulevard trees, the bits of lawn, and the shabby-genteel old houses.
  • "I am about to go away by your train," he said, without waiting for me to speak or remarking my shabby-genteel expression of heroism. for more
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