politesse

[ pol-i-tes; French paw-lee-tes ]
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noun
  1. formal politeness; courtesy.

Origin of politesse

1
1710–20; <French: originally clean or polished state <Italian politezza, variant of pulitezza (derivative of politopolite)

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politesse

/ (ˌpɒlɪˈtɛs) /


noun
  1. formal or genteel politeness

Origin of politesse

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

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