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courtesy

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of courtesy

  1. 1 an act of kind assistance <did me the courtesy of loaning me his jacket> Synonyms benevolence, boon, favor, grace, indulgence, kindness, mercy, service, turnRelated Words dispensation, waiver; advantage, benefit, blessing, godsend, manna; liberty, license (or licence), privilegeNear Antonyms hindrance, hurdle, impediment, interference, obstacle

  2. 2 an act or utterance that is a customary show of good manners <the greeting “How are you?” is often intended as no more than a courtesy> Synonyms amenity, attention, civility, formality, gesture, pleasantry, politenessRelated Words honors; ceremony, observance, rite, ritual; decorum, etiquette, form, manners, mores, proprieties; addresses, devoirs, greetings, regards, respects; favor, grace, kindliness, kindness; protocol, rules

  3. 3 speech or behavior that is a sign of good breeding <a woman who responds to every situation with courtesy and kindness> Synonyms civility, courteousness, politeness, genteelness, gentility, graciousness, mannerlinessRelated Words attentiveness, consideration, thoughtfulness; ceremonialness, ceremoniousness, ceremony, formality; chivalrousness, chivalry, courtliness, gallantry, gentlemanliness, knighthood, knightliness; breeding, manners; suaveness, unctuousness, urbanity; elegance, refinement; deference, respect; decency, decorousness, decorum, gentilesse, polish, politesse, propriety, respectability, seemliness; affability, cordiality, friendliness, geniality, hospitality, sociability; felicitousness, gracefulness; humility, meekness, modesty, shynessNear Antonyms audaciousness, audacity, boldness, brashness, brassiness, disrespect, impertinence, impudence, insolence, sauciness, shamelessness; boorishness, churlishness, clownishness, loutishness, vulgarity; casualness, informality; delinquency, improperness, impropriety, inappropriateness, incorrectness, indecency; inconsiderateness, inconsideration, thoughtlessness; arrogance, conceit, presumption, pretentiousnessAntonyms discourteousness, discourtesy, impoliteness, incivility, rudeness, surliness, ungraciousness




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