Definition of urbanitas
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LNS
urbānitās, urbānitātis
urbanus
noun (f., 3rd declension)
  1. a living in a city, city life
  2. city fashion, city manners
  3. Refinement, elegance of manner, politeness, courtesy, affability, urbanity
  4. Refinement, delicacy, elegance
  5. wit, humor, pleasantry, raillery
  6. trickery, roguery, knavery
Abbreviations
urbānitas, ātis, f. id., a living in a city, city life. Lit.: desideria urbis et urbanitatis, Cic. Fam. 7, 6, 1: in urbis urbanitatisque desiderio, id. ib. 7, 17, 1.

— Transf., city fashion, city manners, both in a good and in a bad sense. In a good sense. Refinement, elegance of manner, politeness, courtesy, affability, urbanity: addo urbanitatem, quae est virtus, ut Stoici rectissime putant, Cic. Fam. 3, 7, 5.

— Refinement, delicacy, or elegance of speech: urbanitate quādam quasi colorata oratio, Cic. Brut. 46, 170; cf. Quint. 6, 3, 17 (opp. rusticitas); 6, 3, 103 sq.

— In partic., wit, humor, pleasantry, raillery: contumelia si petulantius jactatur, convicium; si facetius, urbanitas nominatur, Cic. Cael. 3, 6: in quantam hominum facetorum urbanitatem incurratis, non dico, id. Fin. 2, 31, 103: ut aliquando subtilitatem veteris urbanitatis et humanissimi sermonis attingerem, id. Q. Fr. 2, 10, 2: vides exaruisse jam veterem urbanitatem, id. Fam. 7, 31, 2: mancipiorum urbanitas in dominos contumeliosa, Sen. Const. 11, 3: in jocis, Quint. 2, 5, 8: oratoria, id. 6, 3, 14: risus si aptus est, urbanitatis nomen adsequitur, id. 8, 6, 74; 10, 1, 115.

— In a bad sense, trickery, roguery, knavery: incuriosos milites (vernaculā utebantur urbanitate) quidam spoliavere, Tac. H. 2, 88; so, vernula, Petr. 24.
 
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