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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin polītus (polished), past participle of poliō (I polish, smooth); see polish.

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AdjectiveEdit

polite (comparative politer or more polite, superlative politest or most polite)

  1. Well-mannered, civilized.
    • Alexander Pope
      He marries, bows at court, and grows polite.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.
    It's not polite to use a mobile phone in a restaurant.
  2. (obsolete) Smooth, polished, burnished.

Usage notesEdit

The one-word comparative form politer and superlative form politest exist, but are less common than their two-word counterparts more polite and most polite.

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VerbEdit

polite (third-person singular simple present polites, present participle politing, simple past and past participle polited)

  1. (obsolete, transitive) To polish; to refine; to render polite.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ray to this entry?)

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ItalianEdit

AdjectiveEdit

polite f pl

  1. feminine plural of polito

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LatinEdit

VerbEdit

polīte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of poliō

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