urbanity

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EtymologyEdit

urban +‎ -ity, from Middle French urbanité, from Latin urbanitas, from urbanus (belonging to a city), with a sense of "having the manners of townspeople" in Classical Latin, from urbs (city).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /əːˈbæn.ɪ.ti/
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  • (US) IPA(key): /ɝˈbæn.ə.ti/

NounEdit

urbanity (countable and uncountable, plural urbanities)

  1. Behaviour that is polished, refined, courteous.
  2. What is characteristically urban in an area; urbanness.
    • 1955, C.J. Lammers, Studies in Holland Flood Disaster 1953, vol. 2, p. 39:
      [...], the majority of cases will differ as to "urbanity", as most of the evacuees were rural.
    • 1956, Fred C. Iklé & Harry V. Kincaid, "Social Aspects of Wartime Evacuation of American Cities", Disaster Study, vol 4., p. 44:
      Evacuees, the majority of whom were rural persons, reported more tensions as the urbanity of the reception community increased

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