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politesse

[pol-i-tes; French paw-lee-tes] /ˌpɒl ɪˈtɛs; French pɔ liˈtɛs/
noun
1.
formal politeness; courtesy.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; < French: orig. clean or polished state < Italian politezza, variant of pulitezza (derivative of polito polite)
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politesse

/ˌpɒlɪˈtɛs/
noun
1.
formal or genteel politeness
Word Origin
C18: via French from Italian politezza, ultimately from Latin polīre to polish
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