polite

[puh-lahyt]
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adjective, po·lit·er, po·lit·est.
  1. showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
  2. refined or cultured: polite society.
  3. of a refined or elegant kind: polite learning.

Origin of polite

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin polītus, past participle of polīre to polish
Related formspo·lite·ly, adverbpo·lite·ness, nounsu·per·po·lite, adjectivesu·per·po·lite·ly, adverbsu·per·po·lite·ness, noun

Synonyms for polite

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1. well-bred, gracious. See civil. 2. urbane, polished, poised, courtly, cultivated.

Antonyms for polite

1, 2. rude.
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Related Words for politeness

civility, kindness, charm, culture, refinement

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British Dictionary definitions for politeness

polite

adjective
  1. showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous
  2. cultivated or refinedpolite society
  3. elegant or polishedpolite letters
Derived Formspolitely, adverbpoliteness, noun

Word Origin for polite

C15: from Latin polītus polished; see polish
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Word Origin and History for politeness

polite

adj.

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.

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