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Meaning of COURTESY

Pronunciation:  'kurtisee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a courteous or respectful or considerate act
  2. [n]  a courteous manner
  3. [n]  a courteous or respectful or considerate remark

COURTESY is a 8 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: good manners
 Antonyms: discourtesy, rudeness
 See Also: attention, chivalry, civility, civility, comment, deference, gallantry, gallantry, graciousness, manner, niceness, personal manner, politeness, politeness, politesse, remark, respect, respectfulness, urbanity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Cour"te*sy\ (k?r"t?-s?), n.; pl. {Courtesies} (-s?z).
    [OE. cortaisie, corteisie, courtesie, OF. curteisie,
    cortoisie, OF. curteisie, cortoisie, F. courtoisie, fr.
    curteis, corteis. See {Courteous}.]
    1. 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.
             Pardon me, Messer Claudio, if once more I use the
             ancient courtesies of speech.         --Longfellow.
    2. An act of civility or respect; an act of kindness or favor
       performed with politeness.
             My lord, for your many courtesies I thank you.
    3. Favor or indulgence, as distinguished from right; as, a
       title given one by courtesy.
    {Courtesy title}, a title assumed by a person, or popularly
       conceded to him, to which he has no valid claim; as, the
       courtesy title of Lord prefixed to the names of the
       younger sons of noblemen.
    Syn: Politiness; urbanity; civility; complaisance;
         affability; courteousness; elegance; refinement;
         courtliness; good breeding. See {Politeness}.
  2. \Courte"sy\ (k[^u]rt"s[y^]), n. [See the preceding
    An act of civility, respect, or reverence, made by women,
    consisting of a slight depression or dropping of the body,
    with bending of the knees. [Written also {curtsy}.]
          The lady drops a courtesy in token of obedience, and
          the ceremony proceeds as usual.          --Golgsmith.
  3. \Courte"sy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Courtesied}
    (-s[i^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Courtesying}.]
    To make a respectful salutation or movement of respect; esp.
    (with reference to women), to bow the body slightly, with
    bending of the knes.
  4. \Courte"sy\, v. t.
    To treat with civility. [Obs.]
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