I'm afraid I wasn't very polite to her.
polite society/company old-fashioned or humorous
- She was polite but not excessively so.
- "Try to be polite to him." "Like hell I will!"
- He was unusually polite.
- He's usually quite polite in my presence.
- They're very polite in your presence, but you get the feeling they're laughing up their sleeves.
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noun [ U ] uk /pəˈlaɪt.nəs/ us /pəˈlaɪt.nəs/
Being polite or less directWe sometimes use a past verb form to talk about present time, in order to be more polite or less direct: …
Things in the past that are still trueSometimes we use past verb forms to refer to things which were true or which happened in the past, even when they are still true now: …
PolitenessPoliteness is about keeping good relations with your listener or reader. There are two types of politeness …
Politeness: showing respectThere are many ways in which we can show that we value and respect our listener or reader. In more formal situations, we are especially careful to use certain polite phrases: …
Politeness: making what we say less directWhen we speak and write, we usually try not to be too direct. There are a number of ways in which we can do this. …