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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Politeness  \Po*lite"ness\,  n. 
  1.  High  finish;  smoothness;  burnished  elegance.  [R.] 
  2.  The  quality  or  state  of  being  polite;  refinement  of 
  manners;  urbanity;  courteous  behavior;  complaisance; 
  obliging  attentions. 
  Syn:  Courtesy;  good  breeding;  refinement;  urbanity; 
  courteousness;  affability;  complaisance;  civility; 
  gentility;  courtliness. 
  Usage:  {Politeness},  {Courtesy}.  Politeness  denotes  that  ease 
  and  gracefulness  of  manners  which  first  sprung  up  in 
  cities,  connected  with  a  desire  to  please  others  by 
  anticipating  their  wants  and  wishes,  and  studiously 
  avoiding  whatever  might  give  them  pain.  Courtesy  is 
  etymologically,  the  politeness  of  courts.  It  displays 
  itself  in  the  address  and  manners;  it  is  shown  more 
  especially  in  receiving  and  entertaining  others  and 
  is  a  union  of  dignified  complaisance  and  kindness. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  courteous  manner  that  respects  accepted  social  usage  [syn: 
  {niceness}]  [ant:  {impoliteness}] 
  2:  the  act  of  showing  regard  for  others  [syn:  {civility}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  POLITENESS,  n.  The  most  acceptable  hypocrisy. 

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