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Definition of Polite


  1. Smooth; polished.
  2. Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred; courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil.
  3. Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish; as, polite literature.
  4. To polish; to refine; to render polite.

Polite Quotations

Be polite; write diplomatically; even in a declaration of war one observes the rules of politeness.
Otto von Bismarck

An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.
Robert A. Heinlein

A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.

There is a kind of courtesy in skepticism. It would be an offense against polite conventions to press our doubts too far.
George Santayana

Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy.
Christine Keeler
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Polite Translations

polite in Dutch is beschaafd, wellevend, welgemanierd
polite in Finnish is kohtelias
polite in French is courtois, poli
polite in Hungarian is udvarias
polite in Italian is educato
polite in Portuguese is polido
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