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English definition of “genteel”

genteel

adjective uk   /dʒenˈtiːl/ us  
typical of a high social class: a genteel old lady The mansion had an atmosphere of genteel elegance and decay. being very polite, or trying too hard to seem of a higher social class than you really are: He took elocution lessons to try to make his accent sound more genteel. calm and gentle: The game seemed to be a more genteel version of American football.
genteelly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She tittered genteelly.
(Definition of genteel from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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