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 for polite
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polite \Po*lite"\, a. [Compar. Politer; superl. Politest.]
     [L. politus, p. p. of polire to polish: cf. F. poli. See
     Polish, v.]
     1. Smooth; polished. [Obs.]
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              Rays of light falling on a polite surface. --Sir I.
                                                    Newton.
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     2. Smooth and refined in behavior or manners; well bred;
        courteous; complaisant; obliging; civil.
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              He marries, bows at court, and grows polite. --Pope.
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     3. Characterized by refinement, or a high degree of finish;
        as, polite literature. --Macaulay.
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     Syn: Polished; refined; well bred; courteous; affable;
          urbane; civil; courtly; elegant; genteel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Polite \Po*lite"\, v. t.
     To polish; to refine; to render polite. [Obs.] --Ray.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  polite
      adj 1: showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior,
             etc. [ant: impolite]
      2: marked by refinement in taste and manners; "cultivated
         speech"; "cultured Bostonians"; "cultured tastes"; "a genteel
         old lady"; "polite society" [syn: civilized, civilised,
         cultivated, cultured, genteel, polite]
      3: not rude; marked by satisfactory (or especially minimal)
         adherence to social usages and sufficient but not noteworthy
         consideration for others; "even if he didn't like them he
         should have been civil"- W.S. Maugham [syn: civil,
         polite] [ant: rude, uncivil]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  26 Moby Thesaurus words for "polite":
     accommodating, affable, agreeable, attentive, civil, complaisant,
     considerate, cordial, courteous, deferential, diplomatic, fair,
     formal, genteel, graceful, gracious, mannerly, obliging, polished,
     proper, respectful, solicitous, tactful, thoughtful, urbane,
     well-mannered
  
  

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