Reference > Roget’s > International Thesaurus > 894. Courtesy.
Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class VI. Words Relating to the Sentient and Moral Powers
Section III. Sympathetic Affections
1. Social Affections
894. Courtesy.
NOUN:COURTESY; respect [See Respect]; good- manners, - behavior, - breeding; manners; politeness &c. adj.; bienséance [F.], urbanity, comity, gentility, breeding, gentle breeding, cultivation, culture, polish, presence; civility, civilization; amenity, suavity; good temper, good humor, amiability, easy temper, complacency, soft tongue, mansuetude [archaic]; condescension (humility) [See Humility]; affability, complaisance, compliance, prévenance [F.], amiability, gallantry, chivalry; fine flower of -courtesy, - chivalry.
  pink of courtesy, pink of politeness; flower of knighthood, chevalier sans peur et sans reproche, Bayard, Sidney, “a verray parfit gentil knight” [Chaucer], Chesterfield; Launcelot, Gawaine, Colonel Newcome; “gentle Shakespeare” [Ben Jonson].
  compliment; fair -, soft -, sweet-words; honeyed phrases, ceremonial; salutation, reception, presentation, introduction, accueil [F.], greeting, recognition; welcome, abord [obs.], respects, devoir [F.], duty [archaic], regards, remembrances; kind -regards, - remembrances; deference, love, best love, empty encomium, flattering remark, hollow commendation; salaams.
  [FORMS OF GREETING] obeisance (reverence) [See Respect]; bow, curtsy or curtsey, scrape, salaam, kotow or kowtow [China], bowing and scraping; kneeling; genuflection (worship) [See Worship]; obsequiousness [See Servility]; capping, pulling the forelock, making a leg [colloq.], shaking hands, &c. v.; grip of the hand; embrace, hug, squeeze, kiss, buss, smack; salute, accolade; loving cup, vin d’honneur [F.], pledge; love token (endearment) [See Endearment].
  mark of recognition, nod; “nods and becks and wreathed smiles” [Milton]; valediction [See Departure]; condolence [See Condolence].
VERB:BE COURTEOUS &c. adj.; show courtesy &c. n.
  mind one’s P’s and Q’s [colloq.], behave oneself, be all things to all men, conciliate, speak one fair, take in good part; do the amiable [colloq.]; look as if butter would not melt in one’s mouth; mend -, mind- one’s manners.
  DO THE HONORS, usher, usher in, receive, greet, hail, bid welcome; welcome, - with open arms; shake hands; hold out -, press -, squeeze- the hand; bid Godspeed; speed the parting guest; cheer, serenade.
  visit, wait upon, present oneself, pay one’s respects, pay a visit (sociability) [See Sociality]; dance attendance on (servility) [See Servility]; pay attentions to; do homage to (respect) [See Respect]; give or send one’s regards to &c. n.
  SALUTE; embrace (endearment) [See Endearment]; kiss, - hands; drink to, pledge, hob and nob; move to [colloq.], nod to; smile upon.
  Uncover, cap; touch -, raise -, lift -, take off- the hat; doff the cap; tip the hat to [slang]; pull the forelock; present arms; make way for; bow, make one’s bow, make a leg scrape, curtsy or curtsey, bow and scrape, bob a curtsy, kneel; bow -, bend- the knee; salaam, kotow or kowtow [China]; prostrate oneself (worship) [See Worship].
  RENDER POLITE &c. adj.; polish, rub off the -corners, - rough edges; cultivate, civilize, humanize.
ADJECTIVE:COURTEOUS, polite, civil, mannerly, urbane; well-behaved, well-mannered, well-bred, well-brought up; gently bred; of gentle -manners, - breeding; good-mannered, polished, civilized, cultivated; refined (taste) [See Taste]; gentlemanlike (fashion) [See Fashion]; gallant, chivalrous, chivalric; on one’s good (or best) behavior.
  ingratiating, winning; gentle, mild; good-humored, cordial, gracious, amiable, tactful, affable, familiar; neighborly; obliging, complaisant, complacent, conciliatory.
  BLAND, suave; fine -, fair -, soft- spoken; honey-mouthed, honey-tongued; oily, oily-tongued, unctuous; obsequious [See Servility].
ADVERB:COURTEOUSLY &c. adj.; with a good grace; with open arms, with outstretched arms, à bras ouverts [F.]; suaviter in modo [L.], with perfect courtesy, in good humor.
INTERJECTION:HAIL! welcome! well met! ave! [L.]; all hail! good -day, - morrow, - morning, - evening, - afternoon, - night! sweet dreams! Godspeed! pax vobiscum! [L.]; all good go with you! may your shadow never be less!
  1. Rien de plus estimable que la cerémonie.
  2. The very pink of courtesy.—Romeo and Juliet


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