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.
British Dictionary definitions for courteousness
Word Origin for courteous
Word Origin and History for courteousness
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).