The ambassador is no John Brown; he speaks softly and politely, more professor than firebrand.
Labs are known for their sweet temperaments, not their intelligence, and many of them are, to put it politely, not too bright.
Or, in Professor Gates' case, I can't decide whether to politely ask you to leave my house, or threaten to blitzkrieg your career.
Davis politely declined, the band signed anyway, and the rest is history.
In New York, people either ignore each other politely, or stare lecherously.
“That is the ‘Limited,’ across the platform,” explained Rod politely.
Certainly, said Wayne politely, following Guilford into the house.
We greeted her politely, and I thought her a beautiful creature to see.
“No doubt she can,” agreed Miss Clara, politely, but without enthusiasm.
“That ought to be a pleasure, madam,” said Barclay politely.
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.