Translation of gentility in Spanish:

gentility

refinamiento, n.

Pronunciation /dʒɛnˈtɪlədi//dʒɛnˈtɪlɪti/

noun

  • 1

    (genteelness)
    refinamiento masculine
    elegancia feminine
    • Increasingly a biological definition of gentility was being challenged and surpassed by a cultural one, which allowed an expanding middling order access, through an appropriate use of their wealth, to social kudos.
    • These dealers were usually people of independent means, and a certain reticent gentility hovered over their dealings.
    • The diversity of his choices reflects the desire of his patrons to surround themselves with the trappings of culture and gentility that at the time were equated with European antiques.
    • Since drinking coffee socially was something that gentility and the aristocracy did, the middle classes could prove their own respectability and gentility by doing the same.
    • Since any ill-bred person threatened to undermine everyone else's claims to gentility, such rudeness had to be banned from polite social intercourse.
    • Chintz armchairs and couch, and a walnut sideboard with light-catching decanters and a crystal fruit bowl on lace, completed to the air of polite gentility.
    • With independence approaching, the small community was gripped by a wave of hedonistic debauchery that undermined its pretence at prim parasol-and-petticoat gentility.
    • Eschewing the ostentatious gentility of readers, who enjoy parading their superficial knowledge, she pursues her intellectual work without need of an audience.
    • While literacy is associated with inherent gentility in a colonial space where social standards are in flux, literacy does not have the same currency for the governess back home in Britain.
    • With suit pressed and vacuous smile, he remains the image of gentility: he is privileged, sheltered and supported from the realities of engaging with the world.
    • How reassuring it is, to know that our governing party staffs its conferences with persons of such gentility, good sense, and tact.
    • Individuals can learn to act politely, but they cannot become genteel unless their gentility is publicly acknowledged by persons who are themselves genteel.
    • The square looks in on itself, exuding an air of imperturbable gentility.
    • Once he became rich, he bought a huge house and created this appearance of gentility and breeding in his daughters.
    • Those of high social standing and sufficient leisure could cultivate their person ‘as a work of art’ in which expression and gesture became indexes of gentility and civilite.
    • Clerks were continually chided for carrying themselves with a pretence of gentility in their dress, but clerks had little choice in the matter.
    • Doing so, she challenges conceptions of gender, race, gentility, and commodity culture that were already in flux after the war.
    • He liked to prick the bubble of their gentility by doing things like that.
    • Pink roses symbolize grace and gentility in modern rose vocabulary.
    • Meanwhile, music for the home centred on the piano, which was now the quintessential domestic instrument, badge of female gentility and social respectability.
  • 2

    (genteel convention)
    refinamiento masculine