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Origin of courteous
Examples from the Web for courteousness
And now they treated him with that courteousness of manner which success in life always begets.Phineas Finn|Anthony Trollope
An angry person is generally impolite; and where contention and ill-will are, there can be no courteousness.Character and Conduct|Various
Courteousness is peculiarly suited to their age and sex, and particularly expected of them.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I|Francis Augustus Cox
Personally he possesses charming, agreeable manners and Chesterfieldan courteousness, which vastly contributes to his popularity.The Merry-Go-Round|Carl Van Vechten
Any man of courteousness alone must have loved her, but would not have dared to own his passion.
Word Origin for courteous
mid-14c., earlier curteis (c.1300), from Old French curteis (Modern French courtois) "having courtly bearing or manners," from curt "court" (see court (n.)) + -eis, from Latin -ensis.
Rare before c.1500. In feudal society, also denoting a man of good education (hence the name Curtis). Medieval courts were associated with good behavior and also beauty; e.g. German hübsch "beautiful," from Middle High German hübesch "beautiful," originally "courteous, well-bred," from Old Franconian hofesch, from hof "court." Related: Courteously (mid-14c., kurteis-liche).