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Definition confidence from wide social experience — typically said of a man
  • 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
  • His temper had changed from one of urbane contentment—indeed of delicious expansion—to one of uneasiness and expectation.
    Woolf, Virginia  --  Night and Day
  • The marquis lifted his eyebrows; but he was apparently determined to be even more urbane than usual.
    James, Henry  --  The American
  • and immediately he added the remark with urbane playfulness that Ulysses was an astute person.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • Goodwin had lately moved to North Edgewood and had never before met the urbane and persuasive Mr.
    Wiggin, Kate Douglas  --  Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm
  • He accosted him with an urbane smile.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  A Millionaire of Yesterday
  • And thus he was forced to watch in a state of silent anguish while the imp's urbane sardonic voice whispered in his ear.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Then he would turn smooth as silk, affable, urbane, and try to win her so.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • 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
  • 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
  • Not with the greatest urbanity, I must say.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • And now here he was, rich, urbane, and tremendous, in a green Alpini hat with a red feather, doing paperwork in a bunker at two thousand meters.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • How urbane, how Tajik, of you.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • 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'
  • 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
  • She made him more urbane.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Of Human Bondage
  • 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
  • CUSINS [urbanely: trying to bring him down to earth] This is extremely interesting, Mr Undershaft.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Major Barbara

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