Synonyms for politeness

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You'd better not tell him so, or he might give you a lesson in politeness.

"Don't let me detain you," said Halbert, with an elaborate share of politeness.

He was as indefatigable in politeness, as his wife had been in her regimental duties.

But Mr. Hand, flattered by her politeness, begged her to remain.

How you oppress me, my dearest friend, with your politeness!

Neither is politeness at all inconsistent with thorough familiarity.

And it is necessary that you should receive them without airs, and with politeness.

Politeness and little gallantries are inseparable from my character.

Now that's politeness that does not trouble me—that's not for show—that's for us, not himself, mark!

Tom little thought how much consideration and politeness he had shown!

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.

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amenity

nounpleasing, agreeable behavior
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