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a polite fiction

A general untruth or falsehood that is accepted in place of the truth to maintain politeness, civility, or stability among a given social group. Our parents' marriage was just a polite fiction in our household up until my youngest sister was off to college. By the time the military junta overthrew the dictatorship, the promise of democratic rule was little more than a polite fiction among the citizens of the country.
See also: fiction
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Hilarious, scandalous and fascinating, Polite Society adds an interesting, modern layer to a complex culture.
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My mother came from a family of 13 and every one of her sisters and brother were polite, well mannered, and all looked out for each other.
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Our religion also teaches of polite dealings with others, said IG Arif.
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Farid said even debates among Muslims and Non-Muslims were done in a polite manner in the past.
They are polite and treat citizens well because they are educated and experienced.
Respondents also complained over the lack of knowledge about polite and caring behavior, coupled with the believe of low education in this regard.
Speaking at a launch event for the show, the 42-year-old said: "I've tried to keep in contact with the people that were on my team, but they are really polite.