Civility Ci*vil"i*ty, n.; pl. {Civilities}. [L. civilitas: cf. F. civilit['e]. See {Civil}.] 1. The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Monarchies have risen from barbarrism to civility, and fallen again to ruin. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

The gradual depature of all deeper signification from the word civility has obliged the creation of another word -- civilization. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

2. A civil office, or a civil process [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To serve in a civility. --Latimer. [1913 Webster]

3. Courtesy; politeness; kind attention; good breeding; a polite act or expression. [1913 Webster]

The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be. --Chesterfield. [1913 Webster]

The sweet civilities of life. --Dryden.

Syn: Urbanity; affability; complaisance. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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