politesse

politesse

[pol-i-tes; French paw-lee-tes]
noun
formal politeness; courtesy.

Origin:
1710–20; < French: orig. clean or polished state < Italian politezza, variant of pulitezza (derivative of polito polite)

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politesse (ˌpɒlɪˈtɛs)
 
n
formal or genteel politeness
 
[C18: via French from Italian politezza, ultimately from Latin polīre to polish]

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