polite

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin politus (polished), past participle of polire (to polish); see polish.

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polite (comparative politer or more polite, superlative politest or most polite)

  1. Well-mannered, civilized.
    • Alexander Pope
      He marries, bows at court, and grows polite.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
    It's not polite to use a mobile phone in a restaurant.
  2. (obsolete) Smooth, polished, burnished.

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  • The one-word comparative form politer and superlative form politest exist, but are less common than their two-word counterparts more polite and most polite.

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polite (third-person singular simple present polites, present participle politing, simple past and past participle polited)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To polish; to refine; to render polite.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ray to this entry?)

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Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

polite

  1. feminine plural of polito

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Latin[edit]

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polīte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of poliō