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Definition of "urbanity" []

  • Refinement and elegance of manner; polished courtesy. (noun)
  • Courtesies; civilities. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "urbanity" in a sentence
  • "His cool urbanity is perhaps the only constant among performances that include cynical secret agents, gregarious playboys, rugged adventurers, refined gentlemen, humble schoolteachers, and psychotic killers."
  • "What we call urbanity is tolerance of other opinions; what we call reasonableness is the willingness to change opinions if convinced."
  • "Urbanus is said of urbanity, that is courtesy, or it is said of ur, that is to say fire or light and banal, that is to say response or answer."