One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Behaviour that is respectful and considerate of other people.‘he always treated me with the utmost politeness’count noun ‘the daily politenesses of pleases and thank yous’
courtesy, civility, respect, deference, good breeding, manners, good manners, chivalry, gallantry, gentility, cultivation, grace, urbanityView synonyms
- ‘Tchaikovsky was the model of gentility—his voice was gentle, his manners of the most perfect politeness.’
- ‘I am sure you'll be amazed by the support crew's politeness.’
- ‘She had come to resent his jokes, his politeness—things she had once enjoyed about him.’
- ‘Maybe out of a sense of politeness which these women must observe, the audience did not get angry.’
- ‘The pointless poses of the last farewells pass into the ice of politeness like the smooth insides of a purse.’
- ‘Few people like to cause offence, particularly in business, which suffers from a suffocating politeness.’
- ‘He was moody and unwilling to make the usual politenesses.’
- ‘The conventional politenesses of each relationship are interspersed with hurt, power play, and gloating.’
- ‘Hyperinflation is inflation that has burst the bounds of politeness.’
- ‘The two candidates are said not to like one another much, despite their studied politeness during most of the primaries.’
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