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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).
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.politeness - a courteous manner that respects accepted social usagepoliteness - a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
good manners, courtesy - a courteous manner
impoliteness - a discourteous manner that ignores accepted social usage
2.politeness - the act of showing regard for others
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
courtesy - a courteous or respectful or considerate act
deference, respect - a courteous expression (by word or deed) of esteem or regard; "his deference to her wishes was very flattering"; "be sure to give my respects to the dean"
devoir - formal expression of respect

politeness

noun courtesy, decency, correctness, etiquette, deference, grace, civility, graciousness, common courtesy, complaisance, courteousness, respectfulness, mannerliness, obligingness She listened to him, but only out of politeness.
Quotations
"Politeness is organized indifference" [Paul Valéry Tel Quel]

politeness

noun
1. Well-mannered behavior toward others:
2. A courteous act or courteous acts that contribute to smoothness and ease in dealings and social relationships
amenity (used in plural), civility, courtesy, pleasantry, propriety (used in plural).
Translations
أدَب، تَهْذيبكِيَاسَة
zdvořilost
høflighedvelopdragenhed
kohteliaisuus
pristojnost
kurteisi
丁寧
정중함
vljudnost
artighet
ความสุภาพอ่อนโยน
vẻ lịch sự

politeness

[pəˈlaɪtnɪs] Ncortesía f, educación f
to do sth out of politenesshacer algo por cortesía

politeness

[pəˈlaɪtnɪs] npolitesse f
to do sth out of politeness → faire qch par politesse

politeness

nHöflichkeit f

politeness

[pəˈlaɪtnɪs] neducazione f, cortesia

polite

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

politeness

كِيَاسَة zdvořilost høflighed Höflichkeit ευγένεια cortesía kohteliaisuus politesse pristojnost cortesia 丁寧 정중함 beleefdheid høflighet grzeczność gentileza вежливость artighet ความสุภาพอ่อนโยน kibarlık vẻ lịch sự 有礼
References in classic literature ?
He had received his name from the suavity of his countenance, the inveterate politeness of his language, and the unassailable composure of his manner.
These words were pronounced with the most exact politeness and the most perfect calmness.
She received him with her very best politeness, which he returned with as much more, apologising for his intrusion, without any previous acquaintance with her, which he could not help flattering himself, however, might be justified by his relationship to the young ladies who introduced him to her notice.
During the whole of this dialogue, Mr Chester had suffered nothing but his smile of unvarying serenity and politeness to appear upon his face.
Which I meantersay, Pip," Joe now observed in a manner that was at once expressive of forcible argumentation, strict confidence, and great politeness, "as I hup and married your sister, and I were at the time what you might call (if you was anyways inclined) a single man.
There is character in them--Russian character--which is politeness itself, and the genuine article.
However, accept what I propose to you as an initiation into Parisian life -- a life of politeness, visiting, and introductions.
In hastily forming and giving his opinion of other people, in sacrificing general politeness to the enjoyment of undivided attention where his heart was engaged, and in slighting too easily the forms of worldly propriety, he displayed a want of caution which Elinor could not approve, in spite of all that he and Marianne could say in its support.
She knew not how such an offence as hers might be classed by the laws of worldly politeness, to what a degree of unforgivingness it might with propriety lead, nor to what rigours of rudeness in return it might justly make her amenable.
Though he did not drink himself, with a politeness of which Philip recognised the irony, he put a couple of bottles of beer at Hayward's elbow, and he insisted on lighting matches whenever in the heat of argument Hayward's pipe went out.
He had made Alban the innocent means of publicly exhibiting his perfect temper and perfect politeness, under their best and brightest aspect.
C had lived (judging by appearances) in the days when the old-fashioned laws of politeness were still in force.