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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.
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But he was a polite and courteous man and the custody staff regarded him as "a star" and wished that everyone in custody were as polite as him.
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This is the fourth of a five-part series, A Polite Hatred.
A Mrs Warren did call the school to say how polite our children were, but it is us who should be thanking you.
I sat in the patrol car getting a severe but polite ticking off, for what was simply my " New car, silly driver action".
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Polite memo to Brian: try watching the telly you're talking about if you're going to pretend to be a telly expert, bozo.
Washington, June 13 ( ANI ): People actually anticipate smiles that are genuine but not smiles that are merely polite, according to a new research.