Definition of politesse in English:


Line breaks: poli|tesse
Pronunciation: /ˌpɒlɪˈtɛs


[mass noun]
  • Formal politeness or etiquette: the suave, circumlocutory politesse of a consular official
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    • Through a twenty-year correspondence, Otto von Habsburg has also shown me the manners and politesse of the Old World juxtaposed with the pragmatism and political sense of the new.
    • The same could not be said for Foley, whose Midwestern politesse never quite gelled with the salty bare-knuckles feistiness that's become the DN's trademark.
    • It sounds so unrealistically, unsophisticatedly direct - so lacking in politesse and not something that is actually done in the real world.


early 18th century: French, from Italian politezza, pulitezza, from pulito 'polite'.

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