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Synonyms

courtesy

noun

polite behavior that shows respect for people in social situations

tact

noun

a careful way of speaking or behaving that avoids upsetting other people

chivalry

noun

polite and kind behavior by which men show respect to women

civilities

noun

formal polite behavior

graces

noun

kind, polite, and fair behavior

gentility

noun

a polite way of behaving, considered typical of people belonging to a high social class

decorum

noun

formal polite behavior

breeding

noun

old-fashioned polite behavior, especially behavior that is thought to be connected with the type of family that you come from

gallantry

noun

formalold-fashioned extremely polite and helpful treatment of a woman by a man

chivalry

noun

the qualities of being polite and honest and having honor that were expected of a knight (=a man trained to fight while riding a horse in the past)

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civilities

noun

formal polite comments, questions, etc., especially between people who meet in a formal situation

courtesy

noun

something that you say or do to be polite

delicacy

noun

the need to be sensitive in order to avoid making people angry or upset

formality

noun

formal style of writing, behaving, etc.

graces

noun

skills that are necessary for polite or friendly relationships with other people

have the courtesy to do something

to be polite enough to do something. This expression is often used when you are annoyed because someone has not behaved politely

just/only being polite

saying something not because it is true but in order not to offend someone

manners

noun

traditionally accepted ways of behaving that show a polite respect for other people

mind your p’s and q’s

used for telling someone to speak and behave in a way that is appropriate to a particular situation

refinement

noun

the quality of being very polite and well educated, and enjoying art, music, etc.

savoir-faire

noun

formal the ability to behave correctly in a particular situation, especially a social situation

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