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politesse

Syllabification: pol·i·tesse
Pronunciation: /ˌpäləˈtes
 
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Definition of politesse in English:

noun

Formal politeness or etiquette.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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