polite Definition

  • 1having or showing behavior that is respectful and considerate of other people
  • 2marked by an appearance of consideration, tact, deference, or courtesy

Using polite: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "polite" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was very polite to his guests.

  • Example

    It's polite to say 'please' and 'thank you'.

  • Example

    She gave a polite smile but didn't say anything.

  • Example

    The polite thing to do is to wait your turn.

polite Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for polite

Antonyms for polite

Idioms Using polite

  • to be so excessively polite that it becomes a fault or flaw


    She is always polite to a fault, even when someone is being rude to her.

  • extremely polite and well-behaved


    She was as polite as pie when she met her boyfriend's parents for the first time.

  • a type of applause that is polite and restrained, often given out of obligation rather than genuine enthusiasm


    The speaker received only polite applause from the audience.

Phrases with polite

  • the social class that adheres to the conventions of polite behavior


    In polite society, it is considered impolite to speak with your mouth full.

  • a statement or belief that is untrue or only partially true, maintained out of politeness or to spare someone's feelings


    The idea that everyone loves the boss is a polite fiction.

  • a group of people who are expected to behave in a socially acceptable manner


    In polite company, it is not appropriate to discuss politics or religion.

Origins of polite

from Latin 'politus', meaning 'refined, elegant'


Summary: polite in Brief

The term 'polite' [pəˈlaɪt] refers to behavior that is respectful and considerate of others, marked by an appearance of consideration, tact, deference, or courtesy. It is exemplified by phrases like 'It's polite to say please and thank you,' and idioms like 'polite as pie,' denoting extreme politeness. 'Polite' extends into phrases like 'polite society,' and 'polite fiction,' denoting social conventions and beliefs that are maintained out of politeness.

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