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Webster 1913 Edition


Politeness

Po-lite′ness

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Noun.
1.
High finish; smoothness; burnished elegance.
[R.]
Evelyn.
2.
The quality or state of being polite; refinement of manners; urbanity; courteous behavior; complaisance; obliging attentions.
Syn. – Courtesy; good breeding; refinement; urbanity; courteousness; affability; complaisance; civility; gentility; courtliness.
Politeness
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Courtesy
. Politeness denotes that ease and gracefulness of manners which first sprung up in cities, connected with a desire to please others by anticipating their wants and wishes, and studiously avoiding whatever might give them pain. Courtesy is, etymologically, the politeness of courts. It displays itself in the address and manners; it is shown more especially in receiving and entertaining others, and is a union of dignified complaisance and kindness.

Webster 1828 Edition


Politeness

POLI'TENESS

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Noun.
Polish or elegance of manners; gentility; good breeding; ease and gracefulness of manners, united with a desire to please others and a careful attention to their wants and wishes.
1.
Courteousness; complaisance; obliging attentions.

Definition 2022


politeness

politeness

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Noun

politeness (usually uncountable, plural politenesses)

  1. The quality of being polite.

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