• WordNet 3.6
    • n politeness the act of showing regard for others
    • n politeness a courteous manner that respects accepted social usage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1991, during an attempted political coup on Russian President Boris Yelstin, food supplies had dwindled down at the parliament buildings so they ordered Pizza Hut to deliver pizzas
    • Politeness High finish; smoothness; burnished elegance.
    • Politeness The quality or state of being polite; refinement of manners; urbanity; courteous behavior; complaisance; obliging attentions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The term "throw one's hat in the ring" comes from boxing, where throwing a hat into the ring once signified a challenge. Today it nearly always signifies political candidacy.
    • n politeness The character of being polite; smoothness; polish; finish; elegance.
    • n politeness Good breeding; polish or elegance of mind or manners; refinement; culture; ease and grace of behavior or address; courteousness; complaisance; obliging attentions.
    • n politeness Synonyms Courtesy, civility, urbanity, suavity, courtliness. See polite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word Assassin is derived from a Middle Eastern religious and political sect known as Hashishins. The name means 'hashish smoker'which refers to the practice of taking hashish to induce visions of ecstacy before murdering their enemies as their religious duty. They were very good at what they did.
    • ns Politeness state or quality of being polite: refinement of manners: good-breeding
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  • George J. Mitchell
    George J. Mitchell
    “Although he's regularly asked to do so, God does not take sides in American politics.”
  • John Morley
    John Morley
    “In politics the choice is constantly between two evils.”
  • Richard M. Nixon
    “The one thing sure about politics is that what goes up comes down and what goes down often comes up.”
  • Theodore Parker
    “Politics is the science of urgencies.”
  • Cecil Parkinson
    Cecil Parkinson
    “In politics people give you what they think you deserve and deny you what they think you want.”
  • Will Rogers
    “I tell you folks, all politics is applesauce.”


Body politic - A group of people organised under a single government or authority (national or regional) is a body politic.
Dog-whistle politics - (AU) When political parties have policies that will appeal to racists while not being overtly racist, they are indulging in dog-whistle politics.
Politically correct - Things or people that are politically correct use language that will not cause offence.
Wedge politics - (USA) In wedge politics, one party uses an issue that they hope will divide members of a different party to create conflict and weaken it.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. politus, pa.p. of polīre.


In literature:

But Socialist politics are not politics at all in the ordinary sense of the word.
"Socialism As It Is" by William English Walling
Beginnings of Political Parties.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The motion that 'political liberty is not to be considered as the end of government' was a great affair.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
The Convention, however, represented the maximum of political energy, of political power, and of political insight.
"Selected Essays" by Karl Marx
He may have widely scattered business and political connections.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
He walked with his hat politely in his hand out of the door.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
In another respect political parties of the Federalist period differed from later political organizations.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
He seemed to be the rich man in politics, relying for control upon money rather than political wisdom.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
In American thought and speech the term "frontier" has come to mean the edge of settlement, rather than, as in Europe, the political boundary.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
Again political ambitions and civil discord woke at the call of religious war.
"History of the English People, Volume V (of 8)" by John Richard Green

In poetry:

Make me no grave within that quiet place
Where friends shall sadly view the grassy mound,
Politely solemn for a little space,
As though the spirit slept beneath the ground.
"Make Me No Grave" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
To see one who thinks so poorly
Of herself, and with such lightness
Owns she comes to speak with me,
Rather would appear to be
Want of sense than of politeness.
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
The world of politics abroad he scanned
With eagle glance, that would not quail or pause;
Woe to the despot! whose unholy hand
Had touched the ark of British rights and laws.
"Elegiac Verses On The Death of Lord Palmerston" by Janet Hamilton
Presently, going off early to labor,--
Bowing politely, as neighbor to neighbor,
When he caught sight of this little old woman,--
Sailed by a honey-bee, serge-clad and common.
"Dame Spider" by Clara Doty Bates
Nay, Mr. Simpson!--'Tis not kind--polite--
To shut me out, sir?--I'm in such a fright!--
I can not speak the lines, I'm sure!--Oh, fie!
To say I must!--but if I must--I'll try!
"Address For The Benefit Of James Sheridan Knowles." by George Pope Morris
He then, with speeches more polite,
Again addressed the nymph so sweet,
"My dear, with scorning do not treat
Your lover so;
Your lovely form doth me invite,
Your mind to know."
"Art And Nature" by Susannah Hawkins

In news:

Journalists aren't supposed to run for political office or belong to a political party.
A politics based on the rule of law and the rights of individuals at home has rarely translated into the same politics abroad.
David Cameron's appointment of strategist Lynton Crosby signals a shift towards appealing to core voters and the 'politics of old', according to political comms agency people.
Politics in the Pews: The Political Mobilization of Black Churches with Dr Eric L McDaniel.
Johnson is an interesting political maverick whose views span the political spectrum from right to left.
(CBS News) On CBS News' "Face the Nation," a panel of political reporters discussed the presidential campaign up until this point - just a few weeks before the political conventions.
Sabato, director of the Center for Politics and University Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, is the author of "The Year of Obama".
(CBS News) Mitt Romney's choice of political themes this week - welfare and religion - raised a few eyebrows among political observers, considering their lack of prominence in the campaign to date.
Arlen Specter was a part of Pennsylvania politics and governance for so long, despite a career laced with controversy, that he achieved the rare political feat of being known universally by his first name.
NEW YORK — Big surprise: politics is a dirty game, and many political operatives are rough-and-tumble behind the scenes.
Chief political reporter David Postman explores state, regional and national politics.
Discuss the latest political news Get political at Newsvine.
Many of us have been taught that the two things we are not supposed to talk about in polite company are religion and politics.
With the political season upon us, you might be interested in learning more about some of the current and former political candidates and power players.
Politics / Media "Americans" Short Film Goes From Political Penis Measuring to Some Kind of Understanding.

In science:

Perhaps this is not a “politically correct” program; nothing points to a classification of 4-manifolds! But the structure of moduli spaces can be extremely interesting, so let’s get to work using our new-found tools.
Simple Type is Not a Boundary Phenomenon
Finally, my polite firmness won out, and the train travel was booked.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
Various institutional and political factors, including the culture of research universities, slow educational reform.
Lessons From the Physics-Education Reform Effort
Because of this openness, organizers see its potential as not only a world-class research centre, but also as a politically important example of scientific cooperation in the region.
The world of synchrotrons
The public interest in Einstein’s new theory was not always untainted by political partisanry.
Albert Einstein's 1916 Review Article on General Relativity