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Genteel Definition & Synonyms from 601 Words You Need

Genteel definition and synonyms + antonyms and illustrations from the coursebook 601 Words You Need to Know to Pass Your Exam used in real context for advanced learners of English such as GRE candidates.

/dʒenˈtɪəl/ (adj)

Genteel definition

having or showing characteristics of the elite or high social classes, respectable, sophisticated, polite and urbane, refined, decorous, cultured

calm and gentle, courteous, mannerly, well-mannered, gentlemanly


The satirist Jonathan Swift published Polite Conversation in 1738. It consists of three satirical dialogues at breakfast, dinner and tea, presented as a guide to ‘Genteel and Ingenious Conversation, According to the Most Polite Mode and Method Now Used at Court, and in the Best Companies of England’.

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Parts of speech

Adverb: genteelly

Noun: gentility

Noun: genteelness

Noun: genteelism

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