Civility

Definition of Civility

Ci`vil´i`ty
n.1.The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization.
Monarchies have risen from barbarrism to civility, and fallen again to ruin.
- Sir J. Davies.
The gradual depature of all deeper signification from the word civility has obliged the creation of another word - civilization.
- Trench.
2.A civil office, or a civil process
To serve in a civility.
- Latimer.
3.Courtesy; politeness; kind attention; good breeding; a polite act or expression.
The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be.
- Chesterfield.
The sweet civilities of life.
- Dryden.

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