Polite

  • 1 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.… …

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  • 2 polite — [pə līt′] adj. [L politus, pp. of polire, to POLISH] 1. having or showing culture or good taste; polished; cultured; refined [polite society, polite letters] 2. having or showing good manners; esp., courteous, considerate, tactful, etc. SYN.… …

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  • 3 Polite — Po*lite , v. t. To polish; to refine; to render polite. [Obs.] Ray. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 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 …

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  • 5 polite — index diplomatic, discreet, formal, obeisant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 polite — (adj.) mid 13c., from L. politus refined, elegant, lit. polished, pp. of polire to polish, to make smooth. Used literally at first in English; sense of elegant, cultured is first recorded c.1500, that of behaving courteously is 1762 …

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  • 7 polite — *civil, courteous, courtly, gallant, chivalrous Analogous words: *suave, urbane, diplomatic, politic: *thoughtful, considerate, attentive Antonyms: impolite …

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  • 8 polite — [adj] mannerly, civilized affable, amenable, amiable, attentive, bland, civil, complaisant, concerned, conciliatory, condescending, considerate, cordial, courteous, courtly, cultured, deferential, diplomatic, elegant, friendly, genteel, gentle,… …

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  • 9 polite — po|lite S3 [pəˈlaıt] adj [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of polire; POLISH1] 1.) behaving or speaking in a way that is correct for the social situation you are in, and showing that you are careful to consider other people s… …

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  • 10 polite — adjective 1 behaving or speaking in a way that is correct for the social situation you are in, and showing that you are careful to consider other people s needs and feelings: a polite refusal | What polite well behaved children! | it is polite to …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 polite */ — UK [pəˈlaɪt] / US adjective Word forms polite : adjective polite comparative politer superlative politest a) someone who is polite behaves towards other people in a pleasant way that follows all the usual rules of society polite to: You must be… …

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  • 12 Polite — Achille Talon Pour les articles homonymes, voir Achille (homonymie) et Talon. Achille Talon Série …

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  • 13 polite — po|lite [ pə laıt ] adjective * someone who is polite behaves toward other people in a pleasant way that follows all the usual rules of society: COURTEOUS: be polite of someone: It wasn t very polite of you to keep interrupting me. polite to: You …

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  • 14 polite — [[t]pəla͟ɪt[/t]] politer, politest 1) ADJ GRADED Someone who is polite has good manners and behaves in a way that is socially correct and not rude to other people. Everyone around him was trying to be polite, but you could tell they were all… …

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  • 15 polite — adj. 1) polite to 2) polite to + inf. (it was not polite to say that) * * * [pə laɪt] polite to polite to + inf. (it was not polite to say that) …

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  • 16 -polite — poli , pole, polite ♦ Éléments, du gr. polis « ville » : métropole, nécropole, policlinique. pole, polite éléments, du gr. polis, ville . polite V. pole. pole, polite …

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  • 17 polite — adj. VERBS ▪ be, seem, sound ▪ remain ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc …

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  • 18 polite — politely, adv. politeness, n. /peuh luyt /, adj., politer, politest. 1. showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply. 2. refined or cultured: polite society. 3. of a refined or elegant kind:… …

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  • 19 polite — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. mannerly, civil, courteous, gracious; gallant, courtly, polished, well bred, refined. See courtesy, fashion. Ant., impolite, surly. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Courteous] Syn. courteous, civil,… …

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  • 20 polite*/ — [pəˈlaɪt] adj behaving towards other people in a pleasant way that follows all the usual rules of society Syn: courteous Ant: rude a polite refusal[/ex] It s not polite to talk with your mouth full of food.[/ex] You must be more polite to the… …

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