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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

Great men show politeness in a particular way; a smile suffices to assure you that you are welcome, and keep about their avocations as if you were a member of the family.
John James Audubon

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

I want minimum information given with maximum politeness.
Jackie Kennedy

Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They're underused.
Tommy Lee Jones

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
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Politeness Translations

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