taarof

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Etymology[edit]

From Persian تعارف (ta'ârof, taarof).

Noun[edit]

taarof (uncountable)

  1. The intricate Persian system of etiquette and good manners, emphasising extreme deference, humility, and respect, especially in politely declining to do something (quote a price on something one is selling, eat more food, etc) so that another person can talk one into it.