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genteelism

Line breaks: gen¦teel|ism
Pronunciation: /dʒɛnˈtiːlɪz(ə)m
 
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Definition of genteelism in English:

noun

A word or expression used because it is thought to be socially more acceptable than the everyday word: in German usagesister’ 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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