urbanity


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Urbanity \Ur*ban"i*ty\, n. [L. urbanitas; cf. F. urbanit['e].]
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   1. The quality or state of being urbane; civility or courtesy
      of manners; politeness; refinement.
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            The marquis did the honors of his house with the
            urbanity of his country.              --W. Irving.
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   2. Polite wit; facetiousness. [Obs.] --Dryden.
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            Raillery in the sauce of civil entertainment; and
            without some such tincture of urbanity, good humor
            falters.                              --L'Estrange.
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   Syn: Politeness; suavity; affability; courtesy.
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