But with us in the politer reign of Charles II., this power of correction began to be doubted.
"Don't mention the death," he said, using a politer word by preference.
With what magic were the old ceremonials of a professor's reception exchanged for the easier habits of a politer world!
It was the sorriest travesty of similar scenes in a politer world.
Why, for example, did all the politer Murnans eat with the right hand only?
Millions of Americans though in a politer way are doing it all this week.
But he treated the old gentleman so respectfully that he could not have been politer to the King himself.
“I guess I ought to have been politer,” Eleanor said slowly.
Before I can turn round to run away, she is on her legs, wide awake in an instant, and politer than ever.
I felt so mortified, Marilla; he might have been politer to a stranger, I think.
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.