civil (adj.) Old form(s): ciuil , Ciuill
seemly, decent, well-behaved
2H4 II.iv.87[Hostess to Falstaff, of Tisick] 'receive those that are civil ... ,' said he
H5 I.ii.199[Canterbury to all] The civil citizens kneading up the honey
MA II.i.270[Beatrice to Don Pedro, of Claudio] The Count is ... civil count, civil as an orange [pun: Seville]
RJ I.prologue.4[Chorus] civil blood makes civil hands unclean [second instance]
RJ III.ii.10[Juliet alone] Come, civil night, / Thou sober-suited matron
TN III.iv.5[Olivia to Maria, of Malvolio] He is sad and civil, / And suits well for a servant with my fortunes
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