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

Antonyms

the act of showing regard for others

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She was not blind to the fact that young Luke Britton of Broxton came to Hayslope Church on a Sunday afternoon on purpose that he might see her; and that he would have made much more decided advances if her uncle Poyser, thinking but lightly of a young man whose father's land was so foul as old Luke Britton's, had not forbidden her aunt to encourage him by any civilities.
Judge Temple has set his heart on putting the deer law in force,” said Hiram, after the preliminary civilities were over, “and a complaint has been laid before him that a deer has been killed.
Fanny, quite surprised, endeavoured to shew herself mistress of the room by her civilities, and looked at the bright bars of her empty grate with concern.
The Cock, suspecting his civilities, said: "Sir, I wish you would do me the favor of going around to the hollow trunk below me, and waking my porter, so that he may open the door and let you in.
Maclaren; and then after a great number of civilities, Robin took the pipes and played a little spring in a very ranting manner.
When E lizabeth realizes that his "affections," such as they are, have been transferred to her, she "observed his increasing civilities toward herself, and heard his frequent attempt at a compliment on her wit and vivacity" (88).
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).