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po·lite

 (pə-līt′)
adj. po·lit·er, po·lit·est
1. Marked by or showing consideration for others and observance of accepted social usage.
2. Refined; elegant: polite society.

[Middle English polit, polished, from Latin polītus, past participle of polīre, to polish; see polish.]

po·lite′ly adv.
po·lite′ness n.
Synonyms: polite, mannerly, civil, courteous, genteel
These adjectives mean mindful of, conforming to, or marked by good manners. Polite and mannerly imply consideration for others and the adherence to conventional social standards of good behavior: "She was so polite and unwilling to offend that she wouldn't always make her feelings and intentions clear" (Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson)."Just the one young man came out, very mannerly, and helped first her then me down from the car" (Alice Munro).
Civil often suggests the barest observance of accepted social usages, as in the avoidance of rudeness: "Mr. Bingley was unaffectedly civil in his answer, and forced his younger sister to be civil also, and say what the occasion required" (Jane Austen).
Courteous implies courtliness and dignity: "Even around his parents ... he's unfailingly courteous and even-tempered, letting slide their mild attempts to run his life" (Paul Solotaroff).
Genteel, which originally meant well-bred, now usually suggests excessive and affected refinement associated with the upper classes: "In a world without credit bureaus, background checks, or official identification, properly genteel attire, speech, and behavior determined where a person could go, whom he could see, and how he was judged in every area" (Jeffrey L. Pasley).

polite

(pəˈlaɪt)
adj
1. showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous
2. cultivated or refined: polite society.
3. elegant or polished: polite letters.
[C15: from Latin polītus polished; see polish]
poˈlitely adv
poˈliteness n

po•lite

(pəˈlaɪt)

adj. -lit•er, -lit•est.
1. showing good manners toward others, as in behavior or speech; courteous: a polite reply.
2. refined or cultured: polite society.
3. of a refined or elegant kind: polite learning.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin polītus, past participle of polīre to polish]
po•lite′ly, adv.
po•lite′ness, n.

polite

- Actually meant "polished" or "burnished" when it came into English.
See also related terms for polished.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.polite - showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
impolite - not polite
2.polite - marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"
refined - (used of persons and their behavior) cultivated and genteel; "she was delicate and refined and unused to hardship"; "refined people with refined taste"
3.polite - not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others; "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham

polite

adjective
2. refined, cultured, civilized, polished, sophisticated, elegant, genteel, urbane, courtly, well-bred Certain words are not acceptable in polite society.
refined unrefined, uncultured

polite

adjective
1. Full of polite concern for the well-being of others:
2. Characterized by good manners:
Translations
مُؤَدَّبمُهَذَّب
slušnýzdvořilýzvořilý
høfligvelopdragen
ĝentila
kohtelias
pristojan
udvarias
kurteis
丁寧な
정중한
pieklājīgs
politico
vljuden
artig
สุภาพ
lịch sự

polite

[pəˈlaɪt] ADJ [person] → cortés, educado; [smile] → cortés, amable; [request] → cortés
he was very polite to mefue muy cortés or educado conmigo
I was too polite to askno pregunté por educación or cortesía
he said he liked it but I think he was just being politedijo que le gustaba pero creo que lo hizo sólo por cumplir
it's polite to ask permissiones de buena educación pedir permiso
it's not polite to starees una falta de educación or es de mala educación quedarse mirando a la gente
his speech received polite applausesu discurso recibió el aplauso de rigor or cortesía
that's not the sort of thing you do in polite companyése no es el tipo de cosa que harías entre gente educada or fina
they sat there making polite conversationestaban ahí sentados, dando conversación para quedar bien
he showed a polite interest in my workmostró interés en mi trabajo sólo por cumplir
in polite societyen la buena sociedad
that's not a very polite thing to sayesas cosas no se dicen
I was trying to think of a polite way to say nobuscaba una forma de decir "no" sin ofender
"cosy" is the polite word for the flat's dimensions (iro) → siendo generoso, podría decirse que las dimensiones del piso lo hacen acogedor

polite

[pəˈlaɪt] adj
[person, behaviour] → poli(e)
to be polite to sb → être poli(e) avec qn
it's not polite to
It's not polite to do that → Ça ne se fait pas.
to make polite conversation → faire la conversation
in polite society → en société

polite

adj (+er)
höflich; it wouldn’t be politees wäre unhöflich; to be polite to somebodyhöflich zu jdm sein; be polite about her cookingmach ein paar höfliche Bemerkungen über ihre Kochkunst; when I said it was good I was just being politeals ich sagte, es sei gut, wollte ich nur höflich sein; there’s no need to be polite about it if you don’t like itdu kannst es ruhig sagen, wenn es dir nicht gefällt; polite conversationhöfliche Konversation; we sat around making polite conversationwir saßen zusammen und machten Konversation
societyfein

polite

[pəˈlaɪt] adj (-r (comp) (-st (superl))) → educato/a
it's not polite to do that → non è educato or buona educazione fare questo
to be polite to sb/about sth → essere cortese con qn/riguardo a qc
in polite society → nella buona società

polite

(pəˈlait) adjective
having or showing good manners; courteous. a polite child; a polite apology.
poˈlitely adverb
poˈliteness noun

polite

مُؤَدَّب zvořilý høflig höflich ευγενικός cortés kohtelias poli pristojan cortese 丁寧な 정중한 beleefd høflig grzeczny educado вежливый artig สุภาพ kibar lịch sự 有礼貌的

polite

a. cortés.
References in classic literature ?
He knew my father years ago, and he sent me a polite note this afternoon, saying he hoped I would allow him to express his friendly feeling toward my children by sending them a few trifles in honor of the day.
In and out of the stores of Winesburg went Joe Welling--silent, excessively polite, intent upon his business.
I shall have to give the professor a polite but firm refusal.
Grandmother went on talking in her polite Virginia way, not admitting their stark need or her own remissness, until Jake arrived with the hamper, as if in direct answer to Mrs.
It is unnecessary to dwell upon the evasive though polite manner with which the French general had eluded every attempt of Heyward to worm from him the purport of the communication he had proposed making, or on the decided, though still polished message, by which he now gave his enemy to understand, that, unless he chose to receive it in person, he should not receive it at all.
Dick was the foreman of a gang of paid workmen, who had replaced the millionaires in mere manual labor, and the WE was a polite figure of speech.
Presently, after many hasty snatches into the fire, and still hastier withdrawals of his fingers (whereby he seemed to be scorching them badly), he at last succeeded in drawing out the biscuit; then blowing off the heat and ashes a little, he made a polite offer of it to the little negro.
When the polite landsman first hears it from the gaunt Nantucketer, he is apt to set it down as one of the whaleman's self-derived savageries.
He was very friendly and polite to John, and after giving us a slight look he called a groom to take us to our boxes, and invited John to take some refreshment.
The place had an odor for which there are no polite words; and it was sprinkled over with children, who raked in it from dawn till dark.
But the king checked her and made her understand, with a polite phrase or two, that this was none of her business.
You see, she don't want to hurt the doctor's feelings, so she don't say anything to him about it; but she is always polite, herself, and it hurts that kind for people to be rude to them.