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noun as in courtesy

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He was so polite with the guards that some detainees suspected he might be an informant.

Not only is it insulting and off-putting, I fear that one day he might forget himself in this "polite company" that apparently does not include me.

While for some, the pandemic has only reinforced the absurd notion that one does not have to be polite to the people with whom one lives, Miss Manners has noticed that the rising divorce rate during it proves otherwise.

It was such a polite, respectful group of people, and we just really had a great conversation about games.

Showers are polite enough to pass through Saturday night, allowing outdoor activities to be enjoyed during these short days.

Humor, blue eyes, and Midwestern politeness: what more could the ladies (and a good portion of the men) of New York want?

Bad: "Waiting in line to be seated in an almost empty restaurant"; Indifferent: "Police politeness"; Good: "Breakfast."

Until of course even they reach the limit of their politeness.

Though Jagger and Richards behaved with utter politeness, everyone was searched.

It was a direct assault on the talk shows of the day—Phil Donahue, etc.—that traded on false politeness.

She was not born to make money--especially by dodges and false politeness, out of idle, empty-noddled boarders.

He always kept within certain carefully laid bounds of supercilious politeness.

True politeness is the language of a good heart, and those possessing that heart will never, under any circumstances, be rude.

Politeness, being based upon real kindness of heart, cannot exist where there is selfishness or brutality to warp its growth.

Thus, where such pure, noble feelings do not exist, the mere forms of politeness become hypocrisy and deceit.


On this page you'll find 36 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to politeness, such as: civility, kindness, charm, culture, and refinement.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.