Translation of polite in Spanish:

polite

cortés, adj.

Pronunciation: /pəˈlaɪt//pəˈlʌɪt/

adjective

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    (correct, well-bred)
    (person/manner) cortés
    (person/manner) educado
    (person/manner) correcto
    the rules of polite behavior las reglas de cortesía
    • they exchanged polite greetings/compliments intercambiaron los saludos/cumplidos de rigor
    • they were making polite conversation conversaban tratando de ser agradables
    • gut? the polite word is stomach! ¿tripa? ¡se dice estómago!
    • always be polite to customers sé siempre cortés / educado con los clientes
    • you don't mean it: you're only being polite lo dices solo por cortesía
    • she was very polite about my work, but I don't think she liked it fue muy cortés al referirse a mi trabajo, pero no creo que le gustara
    • it is polite to wait till everyone is served es de buena educación esperar a que todos estén servidos
    • it's not polite to shout gritar es una falta de educación / es de mala educación
    • When guests visit you, it is polite to welcome them with kind words and serve them what you have.
    • In the UK, and most of Europe, it is not considered polite to just say what you want.
    • You could tell he didn't think much of my work, though he was far too polite to blurt it out.
    • You could hand around evaluation forms, but many people are too polite to tell you what they really thought.
    • There are still some things that cannot be talked about in polite society.
    • He may have been born into polite society but Degas was no gentleman painter.
    • If you are going into a bar or pub, with a woman is it more polite to let them go first, or to go first yourself to check that the place is safe?
    • For instance, if you want your child to have good manners, make sure she sees you being polite to others.
    • But lay into others and you should prepare to be visited by the vengeance of polite society.
    • In certain circles of polite society he is known as the Citra Fiend and cannot be trusted in matters of fruit.
    • That is the root problem, indeed the only problem, but it is not mentioned in polite society.
    • It took my mum to point out that Botox is now fully integrated into polite society.
    • The reaction of polite society to this extraordinary work was one of astonishment.
    • In the mind of a desperate prisoner you sometimes find genius that is seldom recognized in more polite society.
    • Over the years he built a pagoda to polite English society as it faded in the glare of post-war vulgarity.
    • Even if you think that someone is kind of weird, it is always polite to be nice to them.
    • Most of the kids were too polite to tell it to their parents, but it was evident in their behavior.
    • You know we bend over backwards in work to be helpful and polite to people.
    • Looks of despair flashed across all of their faces, but to their credit they were too polite to outwardly groan.
    • And the phrase ‘national interest’ should never be mentioned in polite society.
    • In this world she expresses sides to her character that struggle for oxygen in polite society.
    • I think it's only polite to make the effort in the local language even if everyone does seem to speak English.
    • Is it too much to ask if I just want someone normal, unperverted, and polite to talk to?
    • It would have been polite to at least acknowledge it rather than tossing it aside like a dirty tissue.
    • In short, he has made an asset from features others find a hindrance to acceptance in polite society.
    • The musical life of polite European society was a different world altogether.
    • Yes, but in polite society, one does not hear of this.
    • It seemed only polite to say goodnight with a kiss, just between friends.
    • He heard a young comedian being interviewed on the radio the other day and is far too polite to name him.
    • It's certainly polite to ask, and you have my full permission, for whatever that's worth.
    • I myself forgot about these issues and most people are too polite to mention them.
    • It would be regarded as not the thing to do in polite company in, for instance, Pacific Rim countries.
    • He was extremely polite to his opponents and often took up cudgels for them too.
    • She's too polite to tell him to shut up and go away, so we put up with him.
    • They also learn that sometimes it's polite to lie to spare the feelings of others.
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    (refined)
    in polite society en la buena sociedad
    • you don't mention such things in polite company no se habla de eso entre gente educada / fina