- 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 politest
According to the politest version, the Cossacks replied: Thou Turkish Devil!Cossacks: The Cowboys of Crimea
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I recommend to you one of the soberest, yet politest, men in England—'Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Let me assure them that they are the politest of people, though happily not effusive.Ranching, Sport and Travel
Then when I get out, you come forward with your politest bow and ask me if I want a room.Jerry
Then when I get out, you come forward with your politest bow and ask me if I want a room.Jerry Junior
Dean Swift is Rabelais in his senses, and frequenting the politest company.Letters on England
- showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous
- cultivated or refinedpolite society
- elegant or polishedpolite letters
Word Origin and History for politest
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.