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Definition of Genteel


  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.

Genteel Quotations

A rude nature is worse than a brute nature by so much more as man is better than a beast: and those that are of civil natures and genteel dispositions are as much nearer to celestial creatures as those that are rude and cruel are to devils.
Margaret Cavendish

Genteel women suppose that those things do not really exist about which it is impossible to talk in polite company.
Friedrich Nietzsche

A lot of people say, 'I always knew Lucky Luciano as a very smooth, very elegant, very powerful man.' All the accounts of him as an older man were that he was very genteel but he still had the look of smothered violence behind his eyes.
Vincent Piazza

Dialect words are those terrible marks of the beast to the truly genteel.
Thomas Hardy

Writing is not a genteel profession; it's quite nasty and tough and kind of dirty.
Rosemary Mahoney
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Genteel Translations

genteel in German is vornehm
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