Definitions: (1) elegant or graceful in manner; polite; (2) refined in style or speech

Derivation: French, “gentle”

Familial Qualities: gentlemanly, ladylike

Too Far: haughty

But we are more than genteel or civilized
we are an idea in the process of being realized.
— Shane Koyczan (1975-) Canadian poet

Quote: When you encounter difficulties and contradictions, do not try to break them, but bend them with gentleness and time.  —Saint Francis de Sales (1567-1622) Preacher and writer