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- n. The quality of being polite.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. High finish; smoothness; burnished elegance.
- n. The quality or state of being polite; refinement of manners; urbanity; courteous behavior; complaisance; obliging attentions.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character of being polite; smoothness; polish; finish; elegance.
- n. Good breeding; polish or elegance of mind or manners; refinement; culture; ease and grace of behavior or address; courteousness; complaisance; obliging attentions.
- n. Synonyms Courtesy, civility, urbanity, suavity, courtliness. See polite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
- n. the act of showing regard for others
Though her behaviour to us; continued I, was politeness itself, was there nothing more than _politeness_ in her address to Lord Darcey?
I love how the politeness is at odds with the situation.
And is not what we call politeness an illusion, and a very ugly illusion?
You would be surprised to see how entirely his politeness is his weapon of defence against the low and ill-mannered.
Perhaps it may be said, that these are not instances of what we mean by the term politeness, but they are instances of the difference of disposition, which occasions different modes of behaviour; and a nation will, throughout its several ranks, maintain the same characteristics, though the form of expressing them may be varied according to the circumstances of the parties. "
In New York politeness is understood to be a privilege not a right.
The middling distance that results as people pull back and forth is called politeness or civility.
Just think, we could have contests to see if people excel in politeness and courtesy.
In THE PRISONER, politeness is only a mask for power and privilege, a mask that may be dropped at any point.
As we Indians are wont to do, the letter was exceedingly polite, but in retrospect, this politeness is wasted on the mafia that runs ISO.