Origin of politesse
Examples from the Web for politesse
All weekend reporters in eastern Ukraine were walking a bizarre tightrope, of prurience, politesse, and ghoulishness.
Or will an uneasy impulse to politesse, and fear of unknown consequences, restrain them?
Now the Parisian public transport authority, the RATP, is trying to solve this problem of politesse.Paris’s New Metro Etiquette Manual is a Rosetta Stone for Travelers|Christopher Dickey|December 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And perhaps most important, to deflect criticism and mollify opponents with politesse and wit.GOP's New Foreign Affairs Chair Ready to Play Hardball|Sandra McElwaine|February 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Polite′ness, state or quality of being polite: refinement of manners: good-breeding; Politesse′, politeness.
There was much ceremony when they departed—much French politesse, and many charming little attentions were paid.Sally Bishop|E. Temple Thurston
They seemed in excellent humor, and made more than an ordinary display of French politesse.Peter Parley's Own Story|Samuel G. Goodrich
Positively you shall go with me as was agreed, and don't let me have any of your politesse to H. on the occasion.Life of Lord Byron, Vol. II|Thomas Moore
How different does his Lordship appear to me—to me he is all politesse.Such Things Are|Mrs. Inchbald
British Dictionary definitions for politesse
Word Origin for politesse
Word Origin and History for politesse
"civility," 1717, from French politesse (17c.), from Italian politezza, properly "the quality of being polite," from polito "polite," from Latin politus (see polite).