Gen*til"i*ty (?), n. [L. gentilitas the relationship of those who belong to the same clan, also, heathenism: cf. F. gentilit'e heathenism. See Gentile.]
Good extraction; dignity of birth.
He . . . mines my gentility with my education.
The quality or qualities appropriate to those who are well born, as self-respect, dignity, courage, courtesy, politeness of manner, a graceful and easy mien and behavior, etc.; good breeding.
The class in society who are, or are expected to be, genteel; the gentry.
Sir J. Davies.
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