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Meaning of POLITE

Pronunciation:  pu'lIt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
  2. [adj]  not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal) adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy consideration for others; "even if he didn't like them he should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham
  3. [adj]  marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel old lady"; "polite society"

POLITE is a 6 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: civil, civilised, civilized, courteous, cultivated, cultured, genteel, gracious, mannerly, nice, refined, well-mannered
 Antonyms: impolite, rude, uncivil



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Po*lite"\, a. [Compar. {Politer}; superl. {Politest}.]
    [L. politus, p. p. of polire to polish: cf. F. poli. See
    {Polish}, v.]
    1. Smooth; polished. [Obs.]
             Rays of light falling on a polite surface. --Sir I.
    2. Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred;
       courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil.
             He marries, bows at court, and grows polite. --Pope.
    3. Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish;
       as, polite literature. --Macaulay.
    Syn: Polished; refined; well bred; courteous; affable;
         urbane; civil; courtly; elegant; genteel.
  2. \Po*lite"\, v. t.
    To polish; to refine; to render polite. [Obs.] --Ray.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: accommodating, affable, agreeable, attentive, civil, complaisant, considerate, cordial, courteous, deferential, diplomatic, fair, formal, genteel, graceful, gracious, mannerly, obliging, polished, proper, respectful, solicitous, tactful, thoughtful, urbane, well-mannered