politesse

[ pol-i-tes; French paw-lee-tes ]
/ ˌpɒl ɪˈtɛs; French pɔ liˈtɛs /

noun

formal politeness; courtesy.

Origin of politesse

1710–20; < French: orig. clean or polished state < Italian politezza, variant of pulitezza (derivative of polito polite)
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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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