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Definition of Courtesy


  1. Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness.
  2. An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness.
  3. Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy.
  4. An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women, consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body, with bending of the knees.
  5. To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp. (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with bending of the knes.
  6. To treat with civility.

Courtesy Quotations

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.
Saint Basil

The grace of God is courtesy.
Hilaire Belloc

No one is more insufferable than he who lacks basic courtesy.
Bryant H. McGill

Gratitude is the most exquisite form of courtesy.
Jacques Maritain

Don't flatter yourselves that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. On the contrary, the nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
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Courtesy Translations

courtesy in Swedish is artighet
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