But that politeness is part of the problem—you have to be polite to the person that owns your house.
Humor, blue eyes, and Midwestern politeness: what more could the ladies (and a good portion of the men) of New York want?
By Palin's account, she thought Sarkozy was "drunk," but took the call out of politeness.
In a later scene when Smiley interrogates Haydon, they never break through the barrier of politeness.
He parried every question and implication that Wallace threw at him with equanimity, humility, politeness, and even humor.
Now she had some one to talk to, to release the gentlemen from the imperative claims of politeness.
Just when you get where their politeness has smoothed you down, look out for a knife in your back.
And an ordinary Oriental would never rise of his own natural free will out of politeness to a woman.
The housewives admired her economy, the patients her politeness, the poor her charity.
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.