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polite

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"She might have been polite enough to invite me in," said Halbert, with chagrin.

I knew I could make something more than a polite sosh out of you.

I don't call that polite, seeing that I have come back to live with you.

The plausible and polite manner of the stranger was effectual with George.

A polite lie had been written to her husband, a banker of power in the city.

"To you, my sister--" which is the polite method of story asking in that part of the country.

He never troubled himself to be polite, but he watched me; always he watched me.

"You shouldn't have done that," she said, making the polite protest.

I am not so polite as I should be, I know, and you perhaps are a little too polite.

A polite summons to the great lady's presence raised our hopes.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "polished, burnished" (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin politus "refined, elegant, accomplished," literally "polished," past participle of polire "to polish, to make smooth" (see polish (v.)). Used literally at first in English; sense of "elegant, cultured" is first recorded c.1500, that of "behaving courteously" is 1748 (implied in politely). Related: Politeness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR POLITE

accommodating

adjectivewilling to help
  • considerate
  • cooperative
  • friendly
  • generous
  • handy
  • helpful
  • hospitable
  • kind
  • neighborly
  • obliging
  • on deck
  • on tap
  • polite
  • unselfish
  • user friendly

attentive

adjectiveconsiderate
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