Ci·vil·i·ty n.; pl. Civilities
1. The state of society in which the relations and duties of a citizen are recognized and obeyed; a state of civilization. [Obs.]
Monarchies have risen from barbarrism to civility, and fallen again to ruin. --Sir J. Davies.
The gradual depature of all deeper signification from the word civility has obliged the creation of another word -- civilization. --Trench.
2. A civil office, or a civil process [Obs.]
To serve in a civility. --Latimer.
3. Courtesy; politeness; kind attention; good breeding; a polite act or expression.
The insolent civility of a proud man is, if possible, more shocking than his rudeness could be. --Chesterfield.
The sweet civilities of life. --Dryden.
Syn: -- Urbanity; affability; complaisance.