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Polit(e, -eit, adj. Also: -yt(e. [Late ME and e.m.E. polyt (c 1450), pollyte (1497), polished, neat, elegant, L. polītus, p.p. of polīre to polish. Cf. Polist ppl. adj.]

1. Polished, burnished. = Polist ppl. adj. 1. The Scottis … Throu polyt platis with poyntis persyt thair; Wall. ix 1082.
A diademe maist plesandlie polite [L. polyte]; Doug. Pal. Hon. 217.
Ȝour teith lyik yuore baine poleit; Maitl. Q. xl 89.

2. transf. and fig. Polished, refined, elegant; embellished, beautified. a. Of language. Chiefly polit termis. (1) Polit termys of sueit rethory Ar rycht plesand one to the eyr of man; Henr. Fab. 3 (Makc.).
Fals pervertaris of the lawis Quhilk vndir poleit termes falset myngis; Ib. 2716 (Bann.).
Id. Test. Cress. 241.
Ȝone is … the court rethoricall Of polit termys sang poeticall; Doug. Pal. Hon. 836 (L).
Id. Æn. i Prol. 34 (E) (see Polist ppl. adj. 2 b).
The poleit termes ar pullit, euerilk one, Be thir forenamit poetis of prudence; Lynd. Test. Pap. 59.
Expressit in vulgar langage without poleit or affectionat termis; Skeyne Descr. Pest 3.
(2) Ȝe brether of religioun … Ȝour polit payntit flatterye; Lynd. Mon. 5870.

b. Of a park or garden. Falkland … Thy polyte park, vnder the Lowmound Law; Lynd. Test. Pap. 641.

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