1. French gentil was reborrowed into English as genteel, in which again connotations of good breeding figure highly. Attempts at a French accent resulted ultimately in jaunty, which originally meant 'wellbred' or 'elegant'.
2. With French pronunciation and stress preserved to emphasize the distinction with gentle.
来自词根gen, 生育，词源同generate. 原指出生高贵的，优雅的，后词义贬义化。
- genteel (adj.)
- 1590s, "fashionably elegant; suitable to polite society, characteristic of a lady or gentleman; decorous in manners or behavior," from Middle French gentil "stylish, fashionable, elegant; nice, graceful, pleasing," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble" (11c.); a reborrowing (with evolved senses) of the French word that had early come into English as gentle (q.v.), with French pronunciation and stress preserved to emphasize the distinction. The Latin source of the French word is the ancestor of English gentile, but the main modern meaning of that word is from a later Scriptural sense in Latin. See also jaunty. OED 2nd ed. reports genteel "is now used, except by the ignorant, only in mockery" (a development it dates from the 1840s).
- 1. Her genteel accent irritated me.
- 2. She always talks in such a genteel voice when she's on the phone.
- 3. It was a place to which genteel families came in search of health and quiet.
- 4. You are genteel enough, you look like a lady.
- 你是够文雅的, 看上去象个大家闺秀.
- 5. There are not as many genteel young men in Devonshire as Sussex.
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