Definition of genteelism in English:

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Pronunciation: /jenˈtēlizəm/


A word or expression used because it is thought to be socially more acceptable than the everyday word: in German usage “sister” was the accepted genteelism for “mistress.”
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  • Lady used to indicate a woman professional, as in lady doctor and lady lawyer, a genteelism that dates from a time when women were rare in such professions.
  • This genteelism is creeping in all over the place, as if the word ‘me’ has suddenly become impolite.

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Syllabification: gen·teel·ism

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