superpolite

polite

[puh-lahyt]
adjective, politer, politest.
1.
showing good manners toward others, as in behavior, speech, etc.; courteous; civil: a polite reply.
2.
refined or cultured: polite society.
3.
of a refined or elegant kind: polite learning.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin polītus, past participle of polīre to polish

politely, adverb
politeness, noun
superpolite, adjective
superpolitely, adverb
superpoliteness, noun


1. well-bred, gracious. See civil. 2. urbane, polished, poised, courtly, cultivated.


1, 2. rude.
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polite (pəˈlaɪt)
 
adj
1.  showing regard for others, in manners, speech, behaviour, etc; courteous
2.  cultivated or refined: polite society
3.  elegant or polished: polite letters
 
[C15: from Latin polītus polished; see polish]
 
po'litely
 
adv
 
po'liteness
 
n

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polite
1263, from L. politus "refined, elegant," lit. "polished," pp. of polire "to polish, to make smooth." Used literally at first in Eng.; sense of "elegant, cultured" is first recorded 1501, that of "behaving courteously" is 1762.
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