Courtesy comes from old French 'courteis' (12th century) and is gentle politeness and courtly manners. In the Middle Ages in Europe, the behaviour expected of the gentry was compiled in courtesy books. One of the most influential of these was Il Cortegiano (The Courtier) which not only covered basic etiquette and decorum but also provided models of sophisticated conversation and intellectual skill.

In medieval India too, nobility and royalty were expected to display courteous behaviour. The concept was described by the Sanskrit word, daksinya, which meant "kindness and consideration expressed in a sophisticated and elegant way".

Other articles related to "courtesy":

Courtesy Lights
... Courtesy Lights are used to request right-of-way primarily by volunteer or call firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) to expedite their drive in their privately owned vehicles, to their ... Courtesy lights do not allow the user to disobey traffic laws such as speed limit, stop signs or stop lights ... Courtesy lights should not be confused with emergency warning lights used in conjunction with audible warning systems (sirens) for emergency vehicles such as police ...
Courtesy Telephone
... A courtesy telephone is a telephone located in airport terminals, large train stations, hotel lobbies, and other places where many travellers are expected, which is ... public address system announcement of the style "Jane Doe, please pick up the nearest white courtesy telephone." Courtesy telephones may have a distinctive ... Customers can use a courtesy phone to seek information, such as where to find further transport or a person trying to meet them ...
Courtesy Book
... A Courtesy book or Book of Manners was a book dealing with issues of etiquette, behaviour and morals, with a particular focus on the life at princely courts ... Courtesy literature can be traced back to 13th Century German and Italian writers ...
Courtesy Lights - Laws
... A vehicle lawfully displaying courtesy lights is not an emergency response vehicle ... In most states, vehicles displaying courtesy lights must still stop at stop signs, red lights, etc ... Usually, violation ticket fines are increased if the ticketed car was flashing courtesy lights ...
Mary Hamilton And "Miss Mary" Case - Background
... questions on the witness stand until she was addressed with the same courtesy accorded white witnesses ... to address white witnesses by last name and courtesy titles such as "Mr Jones," or "Mrs ... until I am addressed correctly." When she continued to insist on receiving the same courtesy accorded white witnesses, Judge Cunningham held her in contempt of court and sentenced ...

Famous quotes containing the word courtesy:

    Poe gives the sense for the first time in America, that literature is serious, not a matter of courtesy but of truth.
    William Carlos Williams (1883–1963)

    He was one whose glory was an inner glory, one who placed culture above prosperity, fairness above profit, generosity above possessions, hospitality above comfort, courtesy above triumph, courage above safety, kindness above personal welfare, honor above success.
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    My generation of radicals and breakers-down never found anything to take the place of the old virtues of work and courage and the old graces of courtesy and politeness.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896–1940)