civility

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Synonyms for civility

a courteous act or courteous acts that contribute to smoothness and ease in dealings and social relationships

Synonyms for civility

formal or perfunctory politeness

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the act of showing regard for others

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She does not aspire even to the most basic civilities of conversation, instead criticizing other people without the least attempt to understand or respect them.
Soon after this conversation, Elizabeth herself is called on to do what Marianne Dashwood calls "'practising the civilities,'" as Lady Catherine makes comments on Elizabeth's piano-playing, "mixing with them many instructions on execution and taste"; Austen says "Elizabeth received them with all the forbearance of civility" (176).
Gardiner suspects that perhaps he may be a little whimsical in his civilities,"' Elizabeth explains to them that Darcy's "character was by no means so faulty nor Wickham's so amiable, as they had been considered in Hertfordshire" (258).
Here the civilities are more like a set of rules to follow, rules that may give the appearance of goodness, and may contribute to the preservation of decorum, but which in isola tion from other virtues can be dangerous.