1. gent- + -le.
2. literally "of the same family or clan".
3. => well-born, high-born, noble, of good family.
4. gentle => gentil- + -ity.
来自词根gen, 生育，词源同generate. 指出生高贵的，优雅的。
- gentility (n.)
- mid-14c., "nobility of birth, gentle birth," from Old French gentilité (14c.), from Latin gentilitatem (nominative gentilitas) "relationship in the same family or clan," from gentilis "of the same family or clan" (see gentle; also compare gentry). From 1640s as "social superiority." Meaning "state of being gentile" is rare.
- 1. He took her hand with discreet gentility.
- 2. He surrounds himself with all the trappings of gentility — dogs, horses, and fine paintings.
- 3. The hotel has an air of faded gentility.
- 4. Yankees haven't sense enough to know that you haven't any gentility.
- 5. He thinks fine clothes are a mark of gentility.
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