Definition of Polite

1. Adjective. Showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc..

Attributes: Niceness, Politeness
Similar to: Mannerly, Well-mannered, Courteous, Gracious, Nice
Antonyms: Impolite
Derivative terms: Politeness



2. Adjective. Marked by refinement in taste and manners. "Polite society"
Exact synonyms: Civilised, Civilized, Cultivated, Cultured, Genteel
Similar to: Refined
Derivative terms: Genteelness

3. Adjective. Not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others. "Even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"
Exact synonyms: Civil
Attributes: Civility
Derivative terms: Civility, Civility, Politeness
Antonyms: Uncivil

Definition of Polite

1. a. Smooth; polished.

2. v. t. To polish; to refine; to render polite.

Definition of Polite

1. Adjective. Well-mannered, civilized. ¹

2. Adjective. (obsolete) Smooth, polished, burnished. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Polite

1. showing consideration for others [adj -LITER, -LITEST] : POLITELY [adv]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Polite

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Literary usage of Polite

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1. The Iliad of Homer by Homer (1796)
"... of whom it is hard to fay whether the advancement of the polite arts is more owing to his ... polite ..."

2. All the Year Round: A Weekly Journal by Charles Dickens (1869)
"Hm— she's not too polite to those she considers her inferiors !" " polite ! To me it was imperious, in-« soient, degrading ! But I can put up with it ! ..."

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