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See also: Politesse
- Civility, politeness, courtesy or gallantry; or an instance of this.
- 1968, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger (lyrics and music), “Sympathy for the Devil”, in Beggars Banquet, performed by Rolling Stones:
- So if you meet me, have some courtesy / Have some sympathy, and some taste / Use all your well-learned politesse / Or I'll lay your soul to waste
- 1978, Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea, Vintage, published 1999, pages 56-57:
- The reference in his letter to ‘having a drink’ is of course just an empty politesse.
- 2011, Thomas Penn, Winter King, Penguin, published 2012, page 7:
- The soft politesse concealed a sharp observer, a gleaner of information, cool under pressure and used to having to think several steps ahead […]
politesse f (plural politesses)
- → English: politesse