adjective, po·lit·er, po·lit·est.
- polished rice,
- polit. econ.,
Origin of polite
Examples from the Web for politer
But with us in the politer reign of Charles II., this power of correction began to be doubted.Ethics|John Dewey and James Hayden Tufts
The "letter to follow" came by a late post, but it was only a fuller and politer version of the telegram.
Mr. Lovelace has certainly taste; and, as far as I am able to determine, he has judgment in most of the politer arts.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
Instinctively, her polite coachman made for the politer streets, for the polite Lung' Arno.Vanitas|Vernon Lee
“I guess I ought to have been politer,” Eleanor said slowly.Turn About Eleanor|Ethel M. Kelley
Word Origin for polite
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.