Refined; sophisticated: "We forgot ... all the promises we'd made to be civilized and ladylike, couth and kempt" (Karen Russell).
Refinement; sophistication: "The man has no couth" (Los Angeles Times).
[Back-formation from UNCOUTH.]
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