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 (pŏl′ĭ-tĕs′, pô′lē-)
Courteous formality; politeness: "the soul of uptown refinement and ... politesse" (Russell Baker).

[French, from Old French, cleanliness, from Italian pulitezza, politezza, from pulire, to polish, clean, from Latin polīre; see polite.]


formal or genteel politeness
[C18: via French from Italian politezza, ultimately from Latin polīre to polish]


(ˌpɒl ɪˈtɛs, ˌpɔ li-)

formal politeness; courtesy.
[1710–20; < French: orig. clean or polished state < Italian politezza]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.politesse - courtesy towards womenpolitesse - courtesy towards women    
good manners, courtesy - a courteous manner


Well-mannered behavior toward others:
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