- showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
- refined or cultured: polite society.
- of a refined or elegant kind: polite learning.
Origin of polite
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Examples from the Web for politer
Millions of Americans though in a politer way are doing it all this week.The Ghost in the White House
Gerald Stanley Lee
The politer word, to be used chivalrously, was "neurasthenia."Erik Dorn
"Don't mention the death," he said, using a politer word by preference.The Opal Serpent
Why, for example, did all the politer Murnans eat with the right hand only?Blind Man's Lantern
Allen Kim Lang
It was the sorriest travesty of similar scenes in a politer world.The Convert
- showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous
- cultivated or refinedpolite society
- elegant or polishedpolite letters
Word Origin and History for politer
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.