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Webster 1913 Edition


Polite

Po-lite′

,
Adj.
[
Com
par.
Politer
;
sup
erl.
Politest
.]
[L.
politus
, p. p. of
polire
to polish: cf. F.
poli
. See
Polish
,
Verb.
]
1.
Smooth; polished.
[Obs.]
Rays of light falling on a
polite
surface.
Sir I. Newton.
2.
Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred; courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil.
He marries, bows at court, and grows
polite
.
Pope.
3.
Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish;
as,
polite
literature
.
Macaulay.
Syn. – Polished; refined; well bred; courteous; affable; urbane; civil; courtly; elegant; genteel.

Po-lite′

,
Verb.
T.
To polish; to refine; to render polite.
[Obs.]
Ray.

Webster 1828 Edition


Polite

POLI'TE

,
Adj.
[L. politus, polished, from polio, supra.]
1.
Literally, smooth, glossy, and used in this sense till within a century.
Rays of light falling on a polite surface.
[This application of the word is, I believe, entirely obsolete.]
2.
Being polished or elegant in manners; refined in behavior; well bred.
He marries, bows at court and grows polite.
3.
Courteous; complaisant; obliging.
His manners were warm without insincerity, and polite without pomp.

Definition 2021


polite

polite

English

Adjective

polite (comparative politer or more polite, superlative politest or most polite)

  1. Well-mannered, civilized.
    • Alexander Pope
      He marries, bows at court, and grows polite.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
    It's not polite to use a mobile phone in a restaurant.
  2. (obsolete) Smooth, polished, burnished.

Usage notes

The one-word comparative form politer and superlative form politest exist, but are less common than their two-word counterparts more polite and most polite.

Synonyms

  • See also Wikisaurus:polite

Antonyms

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Translations

Verb

polite (third-person singular simple present polites, present participle politing, simple past and past participle polited)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To polish; to refine; to render polite.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ray to this entry?)

References

External links

  • polite in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • polite in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Anagrams


Italian

Adjective

polite f pl

  1. feminine plural of polito

Anagrams


Latin

Verb

polīte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of poliō

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