Definition of Politeness

1. Noun. A courteous manner that respects accepted social usage.

Exact synonyms: Niceness
Generic synonyms: Courtesy, Good Manners
Attributes: Polite, Impolite
Derivative terms: Nice, Nice, Polite
Antonyms: Impoliteness

2. Noun. The act of showing regard for others.
Exact synonyms: Civility
Generic synonyms: Action
Specialized synonyms: Courtesy, Deference, Respect, Devoir
Derivative terms: Civil, Polite

Definition of Politeness

1. n. High finish; smoothness; burnished elegance.

Definition of Politeness

1. Noun. The act of being polite. ¹

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Definition of Politeness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Politeness

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polite society
politeness (current term)
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political climate
political commissar

Literary usage of Politeness

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1. Bushido, the Soul of Japan: An Exposition of Japanese Thought by Inazō Nitobe (1905)
"politeness is a poor virtue, if it is actuated only by a fear of offending good taste, ... In its highest form, politeness almost approaches love. ..."

2. The Origin and Development of the Moral Ideas by Edward Westermarck (1908)
"politeness CHAP. a depreciation of other people's opinions in comparison with ... politeness is a duty rather than a virtue. There is probably no people on ..."

3. Library of the World's Best Literature: Ancient and Modern by Edward Cornelius Towne (1897)
"A PARAGON OF politeness From the <Memoirs' THE Due de Coislin died about this ... He was a very little man, of much humor and virtue, but of a politeness ..."

4. Roughing It by Mark Twain (2001)
"But still with UNAPPRECIATED politeness. firm politeness he insisted on filling my cup, and said I had traveled all night and better deserved it than he—and ..."

5. Connecticut Common School Journal by Henry Barnard, Connecticut, Board of Commissioners of Common Schools (1862)
"politeness. In this way a very fair recitation is made out; and neither teacher ... politeness.—It is a graceful habit for children to say to each other, ..."

6. Memoirs of Louis XIV and the Regency by Louis de Rouvroy Saint-Simon (1901)
"Excessive politeness—Influence of the Valets — How the King Drove Out — Love ... Never was man so naturally polite, or of a politeness so measured, ..."

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