politeness


politeness
noun
ADJECTIVE
common, conventional

It's no more than common politeness to hear what she has to say.

formal
social
exaggerated, excessive
PREPOSITION
out of politeness

They accepted the food more out of politeness than because they were hungry.

with politeness

They greeted their visitor with formal politeness.

PHRASES
a veneer of politeness (esp. BrE)

His veneer of politeness concealed a ruthless determination.


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  • politeness — polite ► ADJECTIVE (politer, politest) 1) courteous and well mannered. 2) cultured and refined: polite society. DERIVATIVES politely adverb politeness noun. ORIGIN Latin politus polished, made smooth , from polire …   English terms dictionary

  • politeness — noun see polite …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • politeness — See politely. * * * …   Universalium

  • politeness — noun The act of being polite. Syn: affability, civility, courtliness, etiquette Ant: impoliteness, rudeness …   Wiktionary


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