genteel genteel  /dʒɛn ˈtil/

Definition(s):

  • (adj) marked by refinement in taste and manners

Usage(s):

  • The genteel old lady was offended when I took off my smelly socks outside the MRI lab.

News

  1. Hilton Als: “Far from Heaven” and the problem musical.

    8220;Far from Heaven” (at Playwrights Horizons) is a problem musical, a genteel contrivance wrapped in “issues”—racism, homophobia, misogyny—that limit the show, even as they are intended to expand, and then blow, our minds. There’s nothing sui generis about this latest . . . (Subscription required.)
    on June 17, 2013     Source: The New Yorker

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    Folks like Van Arkel, who live in the stately homes lining the perimeter of Merion Golf Club , suddenly have 25,000 new best friends for drinks and nibbles and hanging out in genteel surroundings.
    on June 16, 2013     Source: The News-Times

  3. Laughter and Discomfort in Ensemble Studio’s One-Act Marathon

    From left, Richmond Hoxie and Kristin Griffith in “Existence." Series C of Ensemble Studio Theater ’s Marathon of One-Act Plays pulls audience members through all sorts of emotions, including discomfort, but it sends them out laughing, and not in a genteel way.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Times

Quotes

  1. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., said Lott is "the epitome of the genteel Southern gentleman."
    on Dec 18, 2007 By: Saxby Chambliss Source: FOXNews

  2. "I sincerely hope this will be a very genteel exercise with people honestly sitting down and analysing who would do the job best," Mr McGinty said. "Yes (I have received calls of support), and I am sure each of the potential candidates have...
    on Jan 17, 2006 By: Jim McGinty Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  3. "Here was another girl from a genteel upbringing in that town when it was kind of at the peak of its power and fame, and she kind of went against all conventions and went on to become an actress," Lamos said. "And here he went against a lot...
    on Jun 26, 2010 By: Mark Lamos Source: Buffalo News

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