genteel
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genteel
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (delicate)
a. fino(a)
2. (pejorative)
a. afectado(a)
3. (respectable)
a. respetable
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genteel [dʒenˈtiːl]
adjective
1 (middle-class) [+person] elegante; refinado; [+manners] refinado; fino; [+atmosphere] elegante
a genteel resort on the south coast un elegante centro turístico de la costa del sur; to live in genteel poverty vivir modestamente pero con dignidad
they lived in genteel poverty most of their lives
2 (affected) afectado
she was ashamed of her genteel mother She's a bit too genteel for my taste behind genteel facades there are often awkward secret Fiona's too naice, too genteel to have that earthy appeal our facial expressions at funerals are set in a ghastly genteel simper Jonesy nodded, eyes sparkling, his genteel vowels falling like ninepins in his excitement and his South London antecedents showing like rust through peeling paint
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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