- po·lite·ly, adverb
- po·lite·ness, noun
- su·per·po·lite·, adjective
- su·per·po·lite·ness, noun
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How to use polite in a sentence
He was so polite with the guards that some detainees suspected he might be an informant.
Not only is it insulting and off-putting, I fear that one day he might forget himself in this "polite company" that apparently does not include me.Miss Manners: Husband’s rude eating habits driving wife up the wall | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
While for some, the pandemic has only reinforced the absurd notion that one does not have to be polite to the people with whom one lives, Miss Manners has noticed that the rising divorce rate during it proves otherwise.Miss Manners: Husband’s rude eating habits driving wife up the wall | Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin, Jacobina Martin | December 18, 2020 | Washington Post
It was such a polite, respectful group of people, and we just really had a great conversation about games.The Game Awards hosted Zoom calls with hundreds of fans. They were surprisingly orderly. | Gene Park | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Showers are polite enough to pass through Saturday night, allowing outdoor activities to be enjoyed during these short days.D.C.-area forecast: Milder sunshine today with an even warmer weekend | David Streit | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bad: "Waiting in line to be seated in an almost empty restaurant"; Indifferent: "Police politeness"; Good: "Breakfast."On the Road, Old Bean: Two Brits Adventures in America | Jessica Ferri | December 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Until of course even they reach the limit of their politeness.
Though Jagger and Richards behaved with utter politeness, everyone was searched.Speed Read: 11 Juiciest Bits From Philip Norman’s Biography of Mick Jagger | The Daily Beast | October 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a direct assault on the talk shows of the day—Phil Donahue, etc.—that traded on false politeness.‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’: The Pundit’s Rise and Fall | Marlow Stern | April 24, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was not born to make money--especially by dodges and false politeness, out of idle, empty-noddled boarders.Hilda Lessways | Arnold Bennett
He always kept within certain carefully laid bounds of supercilious politeness.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
True politeness is the language of a good heart, and those possessing that heart will never, under any circumstances, be rude.
Politeness, being based upon real kindness of heart, cannot exist where there is selfishness or brutality to warp its growth.
Thus, where such pure, noble feelings do not exist, the mere forms of politeness become hypocrisy and deceit.
British Dictionary definitions for polite
showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous
cultivated or refined: polite society
elegant or polished: polite letters
- politely, adverb
- politeness, noun
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