Definition of airs and graces in English:

airs and graces


  • An affectation of superiority.

    ‘young master Tristan, with his fancy education and his airs and graces’
    • ‘Despite being raised the daughter of a brigadier, and despite stints at both the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, there are no airs and graces to Juliet Stevenson.’
    • ‘They don't try to put on airs and graces - they just say what they mean which is good.’
    • ‘You've taken on a few airs and graces lately, haven't you Tim?’
    • ‘Demanding divas could take lessons from her easygoing nature; she may take her profession seriously but she harbours no personal airs and graces whatsoever.’
    • ‘He was at Man United but there's no airs and graces about Teddy.’
    • ‘Brighton, for all its airs and graces, is a very provincial town, and I like it that way.’
    • ‘He had no airs and graces and he was always interested in what you were saying.’
    • ‘At each prison, however, he has been accused of adopting unsuitable airs and graces, demanding - and receiving - what is perceived to be special treatment.’
    • ‘There were no airs and graces about Hedley, he was a very gentle fella and it was an honour to have known him.’
    • ‘But despite mingling with the stars, he has few airs and graces and regularly returns home to Lancaster to help in the family restaurant.’
    affectations, pretension, pretentiousness, affectedness, posing, posturing, pretence
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