Associations to the word «Polite»


POLITE, adjective. Well-mannered, civilized.
POLITE, adjective. (obsolete) Smooth, polished, burnished.
POLITE, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To polish; to refine; to render polite.
POLITE FICTION, noun. (idiomatic) A social scenario in which all participants are aware of a truth, but pretend to believe in some alternative version of events to avoid conflict or embarrassment.
POLITE SOCIETY, noun. The elite or upper crust of society.
POLITE SOCIETY, noun. That portion of society that is especially concerned with etiquette, proper behavior, and politeness.

Dictionary definition

POLITE, adjective. Showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc..
POLITE, adjective. Marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society".
POLITE, adjective. Not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others; "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham.

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