Po·lite a. [Compar. Politer superl. Politest.]
1. Smooth; polished. [Obs.]
Rays of light falling on a polite surface. --Sir I. Newton.
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.
Syn: -- Polished; refined; well bred; courteous; affable; urbane; civil; courtly; elegant; genteel.
Po·lite, v. t. To polish; to refine; to render polite. [Obs.]
adj 1: showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
2: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated
speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a
genteel old lady"; "polite society" [syn: civilized, civilised,
cultivated, cultured, genteel]
3: 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 [syn: civil]