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Roget category 894

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.3. Sympathetic affections
›› 6.3.1. Social affections

#894. Courtesy


courtesyrespect etc. 928good manners, good behavior, good breedingmannerspoliteness etc. adj. — bienseance, urbanity, comity, gentility, breeding, polish, presencecivility, civilizationamenity, suavitygood temper, good humoramiability, easy temper, complacency, soft tongue, mansuetudecondescension etc. (humility) 879affability, complaisance, pr_evenance, amability, gallantrypink of politeness, pink of courtesy.
complimentfair words, soft words, sweet wordshoneyed phrases, ceremonial salutation, reception, presentation, introduction, accueil, greeting, recognitionwelcome, abord, respects, devoir, regards, remembrances kind regards, kind remembranceslove, best love, dutyempty encomium, flattering remark, hollow commendationsalaams.
obeisance etc. (reverence) 928bow, courtesy, curtsy, scrape, salaam, kotow, kowtow, bowing and scrapingkneelinggenuflection etc. (worship) 990obsequiousness etc. 886capping, shaking hands, etc. v. — grip of the hand, embrace, hug, squeeze, accolade, loving cup, vin d'honneur [Fr.], pledgelove token etc. (endearment) 902kiss, buss, salute.
mark of recognition, nodnods and becks and wreathed smiles" [Milton]; valediction etc. 293condolence etc. 915.


be courteous etc. adj. — show courtesy etc. n.. mind one's P's and Q's, behave oneself, be all things to all men, conciliate, speak one fair, take in good partmake the amiable, do the amiablelook as if butter would not melt in one's look as if butter would not melt in one's mouthmend one's manners.
receive, do the honors, usher, greet, hail, bid welcomewelcome, welcome with open armsshake handshold out the hand, press the hand, squeeze the hand, press the fleshbid Godspeedspeed the parting guestcheer, serenade.
saluteembrace etc. (endearment) 902kiss, kiss handsdrink to, pledge, hob and nobmove to, nod tosmile upon.
uncover, captouch the hat, take off the hatdoff the cappresent armsmake way forbowmake one's bow, make a legscrape, curtsy, courtesybob a curtsy, bob a courtesykneelbow the knee, bend the knee.
visit, wait upon, present oneself, pay one's respects, pay a visit etc. (sociability) 892dance attendance on etc. (servility) 886pay attentions todo homage to etc. (respect) 928.
prostrate oneself etc. (worship) 990.
give one's duty to, send one's duty to, etc. n.. render polite etc. adj. — polish, civilize, humanize.


courteous, polite, civil, mannerly, urbanewell-behaved, well-mannered, well-bred, well-brought upgood-mannered, polished, civilized, cultivatedrefined etc. (taste) 850gentlemanlike etc. (fashion) 852gallanton one's good behavior.
fine spoken, fair spoken, soft-spokenhoney-mouthed, honey-tonguedoily, blandobliging, conciliatory, complaisant, complacentobsequious etc. 886.
ingratiating, winninggentle, mildgood-humored, cordial, gracious, affable, familiarneighborly.
diplomatic, tactful, politicartful etc. 702.


courteously etc. adj. — with a good gracewith open arms, with outstretched armsa bras ouverts [Fr.]suaviter in modo [Fr.], in good humor.


hail!, welcome!, well met!, ave!, all hail!, good day, good morrow!, Godspeed!, pax vobiscum! [Lat.], may your shadow never be less!,


Tien de plus estimable que la ceremonie [Fr.]the very pink of courtesy" [Romeo and Juliet].

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