polite society

From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishpolite societypolite societymiddle- or upper-class people who behave correctly in social situationsin polite society (=among middle- or upper-class people) The subject was rarely mentioned in polite society. society
Examples from the Corpus
in polite societyIt was obvious from the scenes that such behavior did not belong in polite society.Her passion for natural history became increasingly fashionable in polite society during the 17605.In the good old days of rampant dualism, the mind was rarely mentioned in polite society.