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Definition of Genteel

Genealogy
Genealogy
  GENTEEL   adjective
Refined, after the fashion of a gent.
  Observe with care, my son, the distinction I reveal:
  A gentleman is gentle and a gent genteel.
  Heed not the definitions your 'Unabridged' presents,
  For dictionary makers are generally gents.

G.J.
 

Devil's Dictionarydefinition from:
The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911

Geographer
Geographer
Regular definition:
GENTEEL:
d?en?ti:l adj. 1 affectedly or ostentatiously refined or stylish. 2 often iron. of or appropriate to the upper classes. °°genteelly adv. genteelness n. [earlier gentile, readoption of F gentil GENTLE]


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