Polite Po*lite", a. [Compar. {Politer}; superl. {Politest}.] [L. politus, p. p. of polire to polish: cf. F. poli. See {Polish}, v.] 1. Smooth; polished. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Rays of light falling on a polite surface. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

2. Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred; courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil. [1913 Webster]

He marries, bows at court, and grows polite. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish; as, polite literature. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Polished; refined; well bred; courteous; affable; urbane; civil; courtly; elegant; genteel. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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