Everyone, of course, was too polite to inquire about the embarrassing number of absentees.
He spoke in a “proper, polite” way he feels a cop should on approaching someone.
I tried really hard to call upon Meggie Mac, my alter ego, the perfect, polite, and smiling daughter-of.
In the polite diplomatic tones of Washington, these statements were meant as harsh censure.
He apologized for his actions back in Philadelphia, and I was distant, but polite.
Your lordships wishes are commands with me, said Manuel, with a polite salutation.
The plausible and polite manner of the stranger was effectual with George.
But the boys meant to be polite and, after all, that is what counts.
A polite lie had been written to her husband, a banker of power in the city.
A certain magistrate told somebody whom he was examining in court that he or she "should always be polite to the police."
late 14c., "polished, burnished" (mid-13c. as a surname), from Latin politus "refined, elegant, accomplished," literally "polished," past participle of polire "to polish, to make smooth" (see polish (v.)). Used literally at first in English; sense of "elegant, cultured" is first recorded c.1500, that of "behaving courteously" is 1748 (implied in politely). Related: Politeness.