NounCivilized life cannot be sustained without hypocrisy. A certain moral code, a degree of courtesy and decorum, are necessary to keep our instincts under a modicum of control.—Ian Buruma, New York Review of Books, 2 Nov. 2006Cara, who, courtesy of the cat, had a run in her leggings, picked up the phone in a panic …—Helen Schulman, Wigwag, November 1990"Coffee, sir?" asked a sailor. I nodded, still chilled. The courtesy, the ordinariness of these men was in the context somehow curious.—Fred Reed, Harper's, September 1988I tried to persuade him that all that Hamish Hamilton had attempted to do was to extend the kind of courtesies which cultural institutions thought to be his due.—Isaiah Berlin, New York Times Book Review, 12 Apr. 1987
They treated us with courtesy and kindness.
She did it as a courtesy, not because she had to.
Everyone knows each other here, so we won't bother with the usual courtesies.
They shook hands and exchanged courtesies before beginning their discussion. AdjectiveAs the heir to an earldom, Stephen was obliged to pay a courtesy call on the British ambassador …—Ken Follett, The Man from St. Petersburg, 1982
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The fiftieth anniversary of Pablo Picasso’s death has inspired plenty of exhibitions that go big or go deep.—Condé Nast, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2023 Photo: Francois Duhamel / courtesy of Netflix Unlike Moore, who has now worked on five features with the director, May December marks Portman’s first collaboration with Haynes.—Elaina Patton, Vogue, 16 Nov. 2023 Here’s the young, hot, and not-yet-corrupted version of the future president, courtesy of Billy the Kid’s Tom Blyth.—David Fear, Rolling Stone, 16 Nov. 2023 Check out the numbers here, courtesy of CalMatters’ Jeremia Kimelman.—Sammy Roth, Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2023
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Noun and Adjective
Middle English corteisie, from Anglo-French curteisie, from curteis — see courteous