Etymology
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politesse (n.)

"civility, politeness," 1717, from French politesse (17c.), from Italian politezza, properly "the quality of being polite," from polito "polite," from Latin politus (see polite). "In mod. usage generally with depreciatory connotation" [OED].

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Definitions of politesse

politesse (n.)
courtesy towards women;
Synonyms: chivalry / gallantry
From wordnet.princeton.edu