Word of the day

The word for today is…

courtesy (noun) – 1.(a) Polite behaviour.
(b) A polite gesture or remark.
2.(a) Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.
(b) Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Circa 1200, curteisie, “courtly ideals; chivalry, chivalrous conduct,” also “a courteous act,” from Old French curteisie (Modern French courtoisie), from curteis “courteous”. From circa 1300 as “good will, kindness,” also “a reward, a gift;” mid-14th century as “refinement, gentlemanly conduct.” A specialised sense of curteisie is the source of English curtsy.


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