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suave definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: having a sophisticated charm; "a debonair gentleman" [syn: debonair, debonaire, debonnaire, suave]
2: smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error" [syn: politic, smooth, suave, bland]

Merriam Webster's

adjective (suaver; -est) Etymology: French, from Middle French, pleasant, sweet, from Latin suavis more at sweet Date: 1831 1. smoothly though often superficially gracious and sophisticated 2. smooth in texture, performance, or style suavely adverb suaveness noun suavity noun Synonyms: suave, urbane, diplomatic, bland, smooth, politic mean pleasantly tactful and well-mannered. suave suggests a specific ability to deal with others easily and without friction <a suave public relations coordinator>. urbane implies high cultivation and poise coming from wide social experience <an urbane traveler>. diplomatic stresses an ability to deal with ticklish situations tactfully <a diplomatic negotiator>. bland emphasizes mildness of manner and absence of irritating qualities <a bland master of ceremonies>. smooth suggests often a deliberately assumed suavity <a smooth salesman>. politic implies shrewd as well as tactful and suave handling of people <a cunningly politic manager>.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. 1 (of a person, esp. a man) smooth; polite; sophisticated. 2 (of a wine etc.) bland, smooth. Derivatives: suavely adv. suaveness n. suavity n. (pl. -ies). Etymology: F suave or L suavis agreeable: cf. SWEET

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Suave Suave, a. [L. suavis sweet, pleasant: cf. F. suave. See Sweet, and cf. Suasion.] Sweet; pleasant; delightful; gracious or agreeable in manner; bland. -- Suave"ly, adv.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(suaver, suavest) Someone who is suave is charming, polite, and elegant, but may be insincere. He is a suave, cool and cultured man. ADJ suavely ...the skills needed to deal suavely with a company's senior managers. ADV

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. Pleasant, agreeable, gracious, delightful, courteous, amiable, sweet, debonair, urbane, affable, mild.

Moby Thesaurus

affable, agreeable, bland, buttery, charming, civilized, cordial, cosmopolitan, courteous, courtly, cultivated, cultured, debonair, diplomatic, disarming, distingue, downy, even, fair-spoken, fine-spoken, flat, fulsome, genial, glabrate, glabrescent, glabrous, glib, gracious, honey-mouthed, honey-tongued, ingratiating, leiotrichous, level, nonchalant, oily, oily-tongued, plane, polished, polite, politic, refined, regular, slick, smooth, smooth-shaven, smooth-spoken, smooth-textured, smooth-tongued, smug, soapy, sociable, soft, soft-spoken, sophisticated, suave-spoken, unbroken, unctuous, uniform, unrough, unroughened, unruffled, urbane, well-bred, worldly

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