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politesse

[ pol-i-tes; French paw-lee-tes ]
/ ˌpɒl ɪˈtɛs; French pɔ liˈtɛs /
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noun
formal politeness; courtesy.
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Origin of politesse

1710–20; <French: originally clean or polished state <Italian politezza, variant of pulitezza (derivative of politopolite)
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British Dictionary definitions for politesse

politesse
/ (ˌpɒlɪˈtɛs) /

noun
formal or genteel politeness

Word Origin for politesse

C18: via French from Italian politezza, ultimately from Latin polīre to polish
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