Courtesies
Courtesy Cour"te*sy (k?r"t?-s?), n.; pl. {Courtesies} (-s?z). [OE. cortaisie, corteisie, courtesie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis, corteis. See {Courteous}.] 1. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness. [1913 Webster]

And trust thy honest-offered courtesy, With oft is sooner found in lowly sheds, With smoky rafters, than in tapestry walls And courts of princes, where it first was named, And yet is most pretended. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Pardon me, Messer Claudio, if once more I use the ancient courtesies of speech. --Longfellow. [1913 Webster]

2. An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness. [1913 Webster]

My lord, for your many courtesies I thank you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy. [1913 Webster]

{Courtesy title}, a title assumed by a person, or popularly conceded to him, to which he has no valid claim; as, the courtesy title of Lord prefixed to the names of the younger sons of noblemen.

Syn: Politeness; urbanity; civility; complaisance; affability; courteousness; elegance; refinement; courtliness; good breeding. See {Politeness}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • courtesies — cour·te·sy || kɜːtɪsɪ n. politeness, good manners, cordiality, civility …   English contemporary dictionary

  • social manners — courtesies dictated by society, way of acting that is expected in a certain society …   English contemporary dictionary

  • honors of war — courtesies granted a vanquished enemy (as the privilege of marching out from a camp or town armed and with colors flying) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Military courtesy — is one of the defining features of a professional military force. These courtesies form a strict and sometimes elaborate code of conduct. Admiral Jay L. Johnson and Admiral Vern Clark of the United States Navy salute each other during a change of …   Wikipedia

  • Civil Air Patrol — Active 1 December 1941 Present Country …   Wikipedia

  • Courtesy — Cour te*sy (k?r t? s?), n.; pl. {Courtesies} ( s?z). [OE. cortaisie, corteisie, courtesie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis, corteis. See {Courteous}.] 1. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Courtesy title — Courtesy Cour te*sy (k?r t? s?), n.; pl. {Courtesies} ( s?z). [OE. cortaisie, corteisie, courtesie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis, corteis. See {Courteous}.] 1. Politeness; civility; urbanity;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • courtesy — [[t]kɜ͟ː(r)tɪsi[/t]] courtesies 1) N UNCOUNT Courtesy is politeness, respect, and consideration for others. [FORMAL] ...a gentleman who behaves with the utmost courtesy towards ladies... He did not even have the courtesy to reply to my fax. Syn:… …   English dictionary

  • Medal of Honor — For other uses, see Medal of Honor (disambiguation). Medal of Honor From left to right, the Army, Navy/Marine Corps/Coast Guard, and Air Force medals Awarded by the President in the …   Wikipedia

  • Air Force Officer Training School — This article is about the USAF Officers Training School. For information on the Royal Australian Air Force school, please see Officer Training School RAAF Officer Training School emblem Officer Training School is a United States Air Force… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”