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Synonyms for polite

Synonyms for polite

full of polite concern for the well-being of others

characterized by good manners

Synonyms for polite

showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc


marked by refinement in taste and manners

not rude


References in classic literature ?
Jane opened her mouth and eyes convulsively, but only uttered a gasp, and Agatha proceeded calmly, "I am polite to him, which you never are.
The reader will here find no regions cursed with irremediable barrenness, or blessed with spontaneous fecundity, no perpetual gloom or unceasing sunshine; nor are the nations here described either devoid of all sense of humanity, or consummate in all private and social virtues; here are no Hottentots without religion, polity, or articulate language, no Chinese perfectly polite, and completely skilled in all sciences: he will discover, what will always be discovered by a diligent and impartial inquirer, that wherever human nature is to be found there is a mixture of vice and virtue, a contest of passion and reason, and that the Creator doth not appear partial in his distributions, but has balanced in most countries their particular inconveniences by particular favours.
He was so polite, that he seemed almost sorry to let Jemima go home for the night.
The cavalier replied with words no less polite, and then, all closing in around him, they set out with him for the city, to the music of the clarions and the drums.
I soon perceived that tho' Lovely and Elegant in her Person and tho' Easy and Polite in her Address, she was of that inferior order of Beings with regard to Delicate Feeling, tender Sentiments, and refined Sensibility, of which Augusta was one.
That reminds me that I ought to go and say something polite to your mother.
As far as personal feelings go, Blunt, who addressed her always with polite seriousness, was not a favourite with her.
Sometimes I go downstairs and talk to the lady who keeps the books--a French lady, who is remarkably polite.
That is the strangest curiosity yet--a really polite hotel waiter who isn't an idiot.
Recalling his recent impressions, the first thought that came into his mind was that today he had to be presented to the Emperor Francis; he remembered the Minister of War, the polite Austrian adjutant, Bilibin, and last night's conversation.
In fact I lived over in my small way the epoch of the eighteenth century in which these curious frauds found polite acceptance all over Europe, and I think yet that they were really worthier of acceptance than most of the artificialities that then passed for poetry.
Now, if you're polite and kind, as I'm sure you ought to be, you'll let me eat SOMETHING.
He was appalled at the vast edifice of etiquette, and lost himself in the mazes of visiting-card conduct between persons in polite society.
I was rather anxious, the next day, to know what course my polite and pugilistic instructor would take.
James, the polite widow explained that she had heard from the housekeeper of the disappointment experienced by Lady Montbarry in the matter of the rooms.