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The series depicts Susan’s relationship with her parents, William and Patricia Wycherley, as an unloving, abusive and secretive one cloaked in politesse.

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All weekend reporters in eastern Ukraine were walking a bizarre tightrope, of prurience, politesse, and ghoulishness.

Or will an uneasy impulse to politesse, and fear of unknown consequences, restrain them?

Now the Parisian public transport authority, the RATP, is trying to solve this problem of politesse.

And perhaps most important, to deflect criticism and mollify opponents with politesse and wit.

Polite′ness, state or quality of being polite: refinement of manners: good-breeding; Politesse′, politeness.

He complained that Gothic art fit la politesse une mortelle guerre.

Of course I remained silent, whereupon “la politesse” vanished and an angry Hun took its place.

This was an apology made with all the politesse of a Gaul, and by a great statesman who had recovered his senses.

Aussi à part les indispensables formules de politesse, il parlait peu.


On this page you'll find 75 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to politesse, such as: address, affability, amenities, amiability, attentiveness, and ceremony.

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