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Definition having a sophisticated charm — often said of  a man who is not sincere

("sophisticated" in the sense of knowing the proper or polite way to act, being confident, and effortlessly acting in a proper and gracious manner)
  • He plays the role of a suave James Bond type character.
suave = having a sophisticated charm
  • He's a suave operator, but completely insincere.
  • suave = having a sophisticated charm
  • Then, without any seeming change, he brought the conversation gently round to his visit, and suavely said, 'My dear young miss, I have the so great pleasure because you are so much beloved.'
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • suavely = in a charming, sophisticated manner
  • Standing behind a liquor bar, Tony was rustling ice cubes in a glass and twirling a spoon in suave, romantic circles.
    Victor Martinez  --  Parrot in the Oven
  • suave = sophisticated and charming
  • Alfred looked away first, wishing something would happen, the train would get stuck between stations, the girl would fall down and need help, anything so he could walk over, suave and sophisticated, "I'm Alfred Brooks, may I be of service?"—just like in the movies.
    Robert Lipsyte  --  The Contender
  • suave = having a sophisticated charm
  • The gentleman who saw me was particularly suave in manner, but uncommunicative in equal proportion.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • suave = sophisticated and polite
  • 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
  • suavity = polite graciousness
  • Last night the Count asked me in the suavest tones to write three letters, one saying that my work here was nearly done, and that I should start for home within a few days, another that I was starting on the next morning from the time of the letter, and the third that I had left the castle and arrived at Bistritz.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • suavest = the most polite and gracious
  • His response lacked dignity, but in fairness to him I admit that I had left him little chance to be suave.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • [coming to her mother's right hand with threatening suavity] Well, mamma darling, you seem to be having a delightful chat with Jack.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • It took you a long time to get here, but I guess that's just as well," spoke up a smooth, suave voice with a ring in it.
    Zane Grey  --  The Lone Star Ranger
  • He was confident, stylish, suave—always in control.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • I turn and look at her: a well-cut silver-gray suit, pearls, a suave scarf, expensive suede shoes.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat's Eye
  • "Pray sit down, Mr. Garth," continued the banker, in his suavest tone.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • Everyone who hadn't gasped when they saw her fangs quit trying to be suave and went ahead and gasped.
    James Patterson  --  Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports
  • Luc, so suave and debonair, so steady and strong.
    Sarah Dessen  --  This Lullaby
  • Evidently he had no desire to terrorize the man, but to conciliate him, for his own purposes, for his manner was pleasant and suave.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Wasn't I handsome enough, suave enough, desirable enough?
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • There entered three men, who introduced themselves, with perfect suavity, as officers of the police.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Tell-Tale Heart
  • [He goes into the house with unruffled suavity].
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren's Profession

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