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- (General American) enPR: pŏlʹĭsht, IPA(key): /ˈpɑlɪʃt/
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: pŏlʹĭsht, IPA(key): /ˈpɒlɪʃt/
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- Hyphenation: pol‧ished
- Made smooth or shiny by polishing.
- polished shoes
- 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess:
- A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].
- Refined, elegant.
- a polished performance
- 1776, Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol I, ch 2-pt i:
- We may be well assured, that a writer, conversant with the world, would never have ventured to expose the gods of his country to public ridicule, had they not already been the objects of secret contempt among the polished and enlightened orders of society.
- 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice:
- "What a charming amusement for young people this is, Mr. Darcy! There is nothing like dancing after all. I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished society."
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter III, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, →OCLC:
- She was frankly disappointed. For some reason she had thought to discover a burglar of one or another accepted type—either a dashing cracksman in full-blown evening dress, lithe, polished, pantherish, or a common yegg, a red-eyed, unshaven burly brute in the rags and tatters of a tramp.
made smooth or shiny by polishing
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