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Polite words and expressions - thesaurus




used in polite statements



used when you want to say something in a more careful or polite and less direct way



formal used for showing that you are being polite



spoken used as a polite reply to someone when you do not completely agree with what they have said

I’d/we’d be delighted

used for politely accepting an invitation, or agreeing or offering to do something

no disrespect (to)

used before you say something that might offend someone, to show that you do not intend to offend them

do you mind?

used for getting someone’s permission to do something. This can either be polite, impolite, or humorous. If someone says it in a loud way, they are showing that they are angry or annoyed

I took the liberty of doing something

used for telling someone that you have done something without their permission but you hope that they approve of this

excuse me

used for politely getting someone’s attention

excuse me

used for politely telling someone you are leaving

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after you

used for politely telling someone that they can do something before you or can walk somewhere in front of you

be seated

spoken formal used for politely asking someone to sit down

give/send (someone) your regrets

used as a polite way of refusing an invitation

if I may say (so)

used for introducing a personal comment when you know that the person you are speaking to may find this offensive

if you don’t mind me/my saying so

a polite way of telling someone that you do not want your comments or advice to offend them

I’m tempted/I’d be tempted to do something

used as a polite way of saying what you want to do, or what you think should be done

I wanted...

used for politely introducing something that you are going to say to someone, especially if it is quick or informal

I would prefer it if

used for telling someone politely not to do something

not to put too fine a point on it

used before saying something in a very direct way that may seem rude

not want to be/appear/sound etc

used for making what you are going to say seem less rude or extreme

pardon me

American used when you want to pass someone in a small space

someone can’t say (something)

a polite way of saying that you do not want to give information to someone

something doesn’t bear repeating

used for saying that you do not want to say something that you have heard because it is not polite

there you are/go

used when you are giving someone something that they have asked for or that they have just bought

would like

used for saying politely what you or someone else wants



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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