civility

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Related to civilities: courtesies
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The patriarch sent me to expostulate the matter with the King, which I did in very warm terms, telling him that we were assured by the Emperor of a reception in this country far different from what we met with, which assurances he had confirmed by his promise and the civilities we were entertained with at our first arrival; but that instead of friends who would compassionate our miseries, and supply our necessities, we found ourselves in the midst of mortal enemies that wanted to destroy us.
2 : a polite act or thing to say <He offered no civilities, not even a hello.
When E lizabeth realizes that his "affections," such as they are, have been transferred to her, she "observed his increasing civilities toward herself, and heard his frequent attempt at a compliment on her wit and vivacity" (88).