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Definition of Politeness


  1. High finish; smoothness; burnished elegance.
  2. The quality or state of being polite; refinement of manners; urbanity; courteous behavior; complaisance; obliging attentions.

Politeness Quotations

Art requires neither complaisance nor politeness; nothing but faith, faith and freedom.
Gustave Flaubert

The ability to compromise is not a diplomatic politeness toward a partner but rather taking into account and respecting your partner's legitimate interests.
Vladimir Putin

Punctuality is the politeness of kings.

I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word - politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.
Fran Lebowitz

For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.
Robert A. Heinlein
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Politeness Translations

politeness in Dutch is beleefdheid, hoffelijkheid
politeness in Italian is cortesia
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