- Politeness; civility; urbanity; courtliness."And trust thy honest-offered courtesy, With oft is sooner found in lowly sheds, With smoky rafters, than in tapestry walls And courts of princes, where it first was named, And yet is most pretended." [Milton.]"Pardon me, Messer Claudio, if once more I use the ancient courtesies of speech." [Longfellow.]
- An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor performed with politeness."My lord, for your many courtesies I thank you." [Shak.]
- Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a title given one by courtesy
.synonyms: Politeness; urbanity; civility; complaisance; affability; courteousness; elegance; refinement; courtliness; good breeding. See Politeness.
Etymology: OE. cortaisie corteisie courtesie, OF. curteisie cortoisie, OF. curteisie cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr. curteis corteis. See Courteous