- formal politeness; courtesy.
Origin of politesse
Examples from the Web for politesse
All weekend reporters in eastern Ukraine were walking a bizarre tightrope, of prurience, politesse, and ghoulishness.To Truly Shame Putin, Show Us the Bodies of MH17
July 22, 2014
Or will an uneasy impulse to politesse, and fear of unknown consequences, restrain them?Don’t You Dare Call Russians Thin-Skinned!
February 5, 2014
Now the Parisian public transport authority, the RATP, is trying to solve this problem of politesse.Paris’s New Metro Etiquette Manual is a Rosetta Stone for Travelers
December 8, 2013
And perhaps most important, to deflect criticism and mollify opponents with politesse and wit.GOP's New Foreign Affairs Chair Ready to Play Hardball
February 20, 2011
Your papa hath told me so with a politesse not often seen on this side Paris.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
In the last century the Italians were first in doctrine and politesse.The Idea of Progress
J. B. Bury
How different does his Lordship appear to me—to me he is all politesse.Such Things Are
Positively you shall go with me as was agreed, and don't let me have any of your politesse to H. on the occasion.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II
"So then this was a piece of 'politesse,' for which I am indebted to your friend Terry's own devising," said Fred, half angrily.The O'Donoghue
Charles James Lever
- formal or genteel politeness
Word Origin and History for politesse
"civility," 1717, from French politesse (17c.), from Italian politezza, properly "the quality of being polite," from polito "polite," from Latin politus (see polite).