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.]

1.

Good extraction; dignity of birth.

Macaulay.

He . . . mines my gentility with my education. Shak.

2.

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.

3.

The class in society who are, or are expected to be, genteel; the gentry.

[R.]

Sir J. Davies.

4.

Paganism; heathenism.

[Obs.]

Hooker.

 

© Webster 1913.

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