Webster 1913 Edition
politus, p. p. of
polireto polish: cf. F.
Rays of light falling on a
Sir I. Newton.
Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred; courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil.
He marries, bows at court, and grows
Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish;
Syn. – Polished; refined; well bred; courteous; affable; urbane; civil; courtly; elegant; genteel.
To polish; to refine; to render polite.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.