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James Bond is seen as urbane, witty, and intelligent.
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  • James Bond is seen as urbane, witty, and intelligent.
  • He is an urbane diplomat, schooled in France and with a flawless command of six languages.
  • maintained an urbane tone in his letters
  • Now I’ve reached the place where we used to get off the streetcar, stepping into the curbside mounds of January slush, into the grating wind that cut up from the lake between the flat-roofed dowdy buildings that were for us the closest thing to urbanity.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye

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  • There was nearly fifteen years’ difference in their ages, for one thing, which likely accounted for some of the difference between Frank’s urbane reserve and Jamie’s frank openness.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Yousef was the bridge between the urbanity of Salem, of Alan, and these young men, who Alan guessed were being raised more conservatively, far from things like pop music and American guests.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • "Anyhow, he gives large parties," said Jordan, changing the subject with an urbane distaste for the concrete.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • How urbane, how Tajik, of you.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • He felt deeply drawn to him, and not solely because he was intrigued by the contrast between O’Brien’s urbane manner and his prize-fighter’s physique.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • I attended to all the ghastly formalities, and the urbane undertaker proved that his staff was afflicted, or blessed, with something of his own obsequious suavity.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula

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  • He hated the chaplain venomously for being a chaplain and making a coarse blunder out of an observation that in any other circumstances, he knew, would have been considered witty and urbane.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • "Fie! two very ugly words, fair lady," protested Chauvelin, urbanely.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • The urbane activity with which a man receives money is really marvellous, considering that we so earnestly believe money to be the root of all earthly ills, and that on no account can a monied man enter heaven.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • —Might I ask you what you are talking about? said Stephen urbanely.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Then Barban talking to her mother with an urbane fluency that made Rosemary like him again.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Nevertheless, whether the passengers were really touched by the urbanity of Planchet or whether this time nobody was posted on the young man’s road, our two travelers arrived at Chantilly without any accident, and alighted at the tavern of Great St. Martin, the same at which they had stopped on their first journey.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Her attention was now claimed by Mr. Woodhouse, who being, according to his custom on such occasions, making the circle of his guests, and paying his particular compliments to the ladies, was ending with her—and with all his mildest urbanity, said, "I am very sorry to hear, Miss Fairfax, of your being out this morning in the rain.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He had seen her lift her eyes, and waved his hand urbanely to her, while he blew her a kiss.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Then he would turn smooth as silk, affable, urbane, and try to win her so.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • Conway managed to smile urbanely.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • ’You are more comfortable here than in the little lodge you used to have?’ inquired Pavel Petrovitch urbanely, but without the slightest smile.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • "He would be wanting in wits, senora countess," said the duke, "who did not perceive your worth by your person, for at a glance it may be seen it deserves all the cream of courtesy and flower of polite usage;" and raising her up by the hand he led her to a seat beside the duchess, who likewise received her with great urbanity.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • (The opening chapters of Herodotus’ Histories reflect with urbane bemusement on these old legendary wars fought over straying women.) Homer neglects the Judgment because he makes very clear from the start that the heroes have chosen to come there for honor.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • Not with the greatest urbanity, I must say.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • She had him painted in a brooch and wore it—indeed she amused and somewhat pestered her acquaintance with her perpetual talk about his urbanity and beauty.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • When they reached the house he helped her to get out of the carriage, and making an effort to master himself, took leave of her with his usual urbanity, and uttered that phrase that bound him to nothing; he said that tomorrow he would let her know his decision.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • "I fully understand," says Simon with what he hopes is an urbane smile.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • By his original constitution aided by the cooperating influences of his lot, Billy in many respects was little more than a sort of upright barbarian, much such perhaps as Adam presumably might have been ere the urbane Serpent wriggled himself into his company.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • He was a silk-haired senior, with his cope and crosier, alb and ring —urbane, ecclesiastical, knowing the spiritual power.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • I believed that because I had grown up the way I did, I was just inherently tougher than my more urbane coworkers, and could get away with more.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Exempted by a long career in the Secretariate from personal contact with the peoples of India, he was able to speak of them urbanely, and to deplore racial prejudice.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He can be taught to enjoy kneeling beside the grocer on Sunday just because he remembers that the grocer could not possibly understand the urbane and mocking world which he inhabited on Saturday evening; and contrariwise, to enjoy the bawdy and blasphemy over the coffee with these admirable friends all the more because he is aware of a "deeper", "spiritual" world within him which they cannot understand.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • She began with a good portion, but she liked it so much that she took another of the same size, and she was lamenting the fact that urbane etiquette did not permit her to help herself to a third, when she learned that she had just eaten, with unsuspected pleasure, two heaping plates of pureed eggplant.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He was charming and urbane with visitors, and stopped just short of fawning on them if they happened to be white.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Their sharp eyes carefully took in the more polished, urbane stance of Carlisle, who, flanked by Emmett and Jasper, stepped guardedly forward to meet them.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Twilight
  • The faces of the guests, confident, urbane, and relaxed, were illuminated by a dozen candelabra and the soft liquid light of the downstairs chandeliers.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • I was now rapidly learning to contain the tension I felt in my relations with whites, and the people in Memphis had an air of relative urbanity that took some of the sharpness off the attitude of whites toward Negroes.
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • It was indecent to think of using the "How’s tricks, ole socks?" which gratified Vergil Gunch and Frink and Howard Littlefield—men who till now had seemed successful and urbane.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • He seemed to recognise this same tendency in the subversive enquiry that I quoted a moment ago, and set himself to answer our heroine’s question with greater urbanity than it perhaps deserved.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • And then, through a door to the south of the dais, a large urbane and florid and smooth-faced man, who in an ample black gown, walked swiftly to the large chair immediately behind the desk, and after looking steadily upon all before him, but without appearing to see any one of them seated himself.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • Nor in fine does his abruptness ever impede a true urbanity.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • All his urbane self-possession had vanished.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • North was much liked—moderate, urbane, and intelligent.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • Larson filled his panels with witty, urbane Labs doing and saying the darnedest things.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Simon, however, preserved his habitual appearance of immaculate and well-washed urbanity.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Right away you’ll move among the most urbane Of hicks.
    Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Moliere  --  Tartuffe
  • CUSINS [urbanely: trying to bring him down to earth] This is extremely interesting, Mr Undershaft.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara
  • There is an urbanity without ostentation or extravagance which will succeed everywhere and at all times.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • She made him more urbane.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • [urbanely] Undoubtedly.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
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