Humor, blue eyes, and Midwestern politeness: what more could the ladies (and a good portion of the men) of New York want?
In a later scene when Smiley interrogates Haydon, they never break through the barrier of politeness.
By Palin's account, she thought Sarkozy was "drunk," but took the call out of politeness.
Havel seemed lost for words, but then politeness got the better of him.
Used as a humorously exaggerated formula of politeness when refusing food.
Now she had some one to talk to, to release the gentlemen from the imperative claims of politeness.
You'd better not tell him so, or he might give you a lesson in politeness.
And an ordinary Oriental would never rise of his own natural free will out of politeness to a woman.
He was as indefatigable in politeness, as his wife had been in her regimental duties.
Out of politeness, I did not wish to read it in your presence.
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.