adjective, po·lit·er, po·lit·est.
Origin of polite
Examples from the Web for politeness
Humor, blue eyes, and Midwestern politeness: what more could the ladies (and a good portion of the men) of New York want?The Captain’s Log: Derek Jeter’s Lady-Killing Past, From ‘Yeah, Jeets!’ to Gift Baskets|Emily Shire|September 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Until of course even they reach the limit of their politeness.
He parried every question and implication that Wallace threw at him with equanimity, humility, politeness, and even humor.Was Mike Wallace’s Toughest Interview a 12-Year-Old Kid?|Catie Lazarus|April 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Used as a humorously exaggerated formula of politeness when refusing food.Wunnerfitz! Sollybuster! The Fun of the Dictionary of American Regional English|Ammon Shea|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST
In a later scene when Smiley interrogates Haydon, they never break through the barrier of politeness.‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’: Oscar Nominees Gary Oldman and Peter Straughan|Lorenza Muñoz|February 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The captain was on hand and greeted him with a certain awkward courtesy, for politeness was not in his line.Frontier Boys in Frisco|Wyn Roosevelt
There was no situation, however delicate, that they did not save through tact and politeness.The Old Furniture Book|N. Hudson Moore
People who make a superstition of politeness infallibly lose the higher courtesy of truth.The Invader|Margaret L. Woods
Horace treated Mrs. Anderson and the Major with all the politeness he could muster.Battling the Clouds|Captain Frank Cobb
Meekest man I ever saw, and ought to have a monument for politeness.Dave Porter in the Far North|Edward Stratemeyer
British Dictionary definitions for politeness
Word Origin for polite
Word Origin and History for politeness
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.