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urbanity

Line breaks: ur¦ban|ity
Pronunciation: /əːˈbanɪti
 
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Definition of urbanity in English:

noun

[mass noun]
1Courteousness and refinement of manner: that polished urbanity of his
More example sentences
  • For all his urbanity and good manners, it wasn't a particularly impressive performance.
  • There's another quote about him that I like that says he was known for ‘his wit and for the urbanity of his manners and his keen relish of social enjoyments’.
  • It's not threatening urbanity, high culture and tolerance.
Synonyms
suaveness, sophistication, worldliness, elegance, cultivation, culture, civilization, breeding, smoothness, polish, refinement, poise, self-possession, dignity;
informal cool
humorous couth
2Urban life: a picture of banal urbanity
More example sentences
  • It is a style that is rooted in tradition and the exotic, yet reflects the dynamism of modern urbanity.
  • Henen draws on her awareness of middle class urbanity in her work.
  • That such cosmopolitan urbanity both exists in Croatia and mingles freely with the country's pastoral charm does not surprise Croatians; what surprises them is how slow the rest of the world has been to catch on.

Origin

mid 16th century: from French urbanité or Latin urbanitas, from urbanus 'belonging to the city' (see urban).

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