The polite term is urban crime fiction, but what they are really called is “hood books.”
I tried really hard to call upon Meggie Mac, my alter ego, the perfect, polite, and smiling daughter-of.
In the very beginning, most visitors were tentative and polite, sitting with Abramovic for only a few minutes at a time.
In the polite diplomatic tones of Washington, these statements were meant as harsh censure.
But I give him stuff anyway, because his requests of me are so polite and infrequent and reasonable I have a hard time saying no.
Your lordships wishes are commands with me, said Manuel, with a polite salutation.
Dolores asked, and her mother leaned forward with polite interest.
But the boys meant to be polite and, after all, that is what counts.
The elder one, if he is married, and if he is polite to her, becomes her best friend.
A certain magistrate told somebody whom he was examining in court that he or she "should always be polite to the police."
late 14c., "polished, burnished" (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin politus "refined, elegant, accomplished," literally "polished," past participle of polire "to polish, to make smooth" (see polish (v.)). Used literally at first in English; sense of "elegant, cultured" is first recorded c.1500, that of "behaving courteously" is 1748 (implied in politely). Related: Politeness.