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cour·te·sy / ˈkərtəsē/ • n. (pl. -sies) the showing of politeness in one's attitude and behavior toward others: he had been treated with a degree of courtesy not far short of deference. ∎  (often courtesies) a polite speech or action, esp. one required by convention: the superficial courtesies of diplomatic exchanges. ∎  [as adj.] (esp. of transport) supplied free of charge to people who are already paying for another service: he traveled from the hotel in a courtesy car. ∎ archaic a curtsy. PHRASES: by courtesy as a favor rather than by right: he was not at the conference only by courtesy. (by) courtesy of given or allowed by: photograph courtesy of the Evening Star. ∎ inf. as a result of; thanks to.

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Courtesy

134. Courtesy

  1. Boy Scouts youth organization, ever ready to perform good deeds. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 59]
  2. Castiglione, Baldassare (14781529) author of The Courtier, Renaissance bible of etiquette. [Ital. Lit.: Plumb, 316319]
  3. Dickon one of natures gentlemen. [Childrens Lit.: The Secret Garden ]
  4. Post, Emily (18731960) etiquette book author; preaches consideration for others. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 277]
  5. Shem and Japheth cover fathers nakedness without looking at him. [O.T.: Genesis 9:2327]

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courtesy XIII. — OF. cur-, co(u)rtesie (mod. courtoisie); f. courteis, etc., COURTEOUS; see -Y 3.

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