chivalrous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj chivalrous being attentive to women like an ideal knight
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Chivalrous Pertaining to chivalry or knight-errantry; warlike; heroic; gallant; high-spirited; high-minded; magnanimous. "In brave pursuit of chivalrous emprise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • chivalrous Pertaining to chivalry or knight-errantry.
    • chivalrous Having the high qualities characteristic or supposed to be characteristic of chivalry; having or exhibiting high courages; knightly; gallant, magnanimous, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Chivalrous pertaining to chivalry: bold: gallant
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Quotations

  • Demosthenes
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    “You cannot have a proud and chivalrous spirit if your conduct is mean and paltry; for whatever a man's actions are, such must be his spirit.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “It requires nothing less than a chivalric feeling to sustain a conversation with a lady.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. chevalerus, chevalereus, fr. chevalier,. See Chivalry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chevaleriecheval—Low L. caballus, a horse.

Usage

In literature:

Oh, had I but had the fortune to have preserved the chivalrous hand of mine honoured patron!
"The Fair Maid of Perth" by Sir Walter Scott
The sun by this time was a blazing fact; and I saw that all Nature is chivalrous and militant.
"Tremendous Trifles" by G. K. Chesterton
The Briton's chivalrous ardour, or the more than Roman constancy of our great Virginian.
"The Virginians" by William Makepeace Thackeray
For what the Tiber is to the classic, the Rhine is to the chivalric age.
"The Pilgrims Of The Rhine" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
This is commonly the chivalric, still more the German view.
"Woman in the Nineteenth Century" by Margaret Fuller Ossoli
His chivalrous nature was up in arms.
"A Man of Means" by P. G. Wodehouse and C. H. Bovill
Is there not something downright chivalrous in marrying such a woman?
"Lord Kilgobbin" by Charles Lever
He had always thought himself a chivalrous gentleman!
"Weighed and Wanting" by George MacDonald
The cutting cynicism of the morality was built on the ruins of that chivalrous ambition and romantic affection.
"Reflections" by Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
It is a disgrace for a highborn Virginian or chivalrous Carolinian to labor, side by side, with the low, despised, miserable black man.
"The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII) The Conflict With Slavery, Politics and Reform, The Inner Life and Criticism" by John Greenleaf Whittier
It is a disgrace for a highborn Virginian or chivalrous Carolinian to labor, side by side, with the low, despised, miserable black man.
"The Complete Works of Whittier The Standard Library Edition with a linked Index" by John Greenleaf Whittier
When he saw the lad cast the pistol aside Dick, moved by some chivalrous impulse, dropped his own in the grass.
"The Rock of Chickamauga" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He certainly had the makings of a chivalrous figure, and perhaps even a great man.
"The Mirrors of Downing Street" by Harold Begbie
He was a good fighter, a chivalrous, brave man; but he was weak and vain, and without tact or discretion.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
I would fain believe that I shall meet again with Rogers' bold, chivalrous Rangers.
"French and English" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Yes, gentle reader, start not at the word =chivalrous=.
"Woman As She Should Be" by Mary E. Herbert
Their last king had been the reckless, chivalrous Henry, Duke of Anjou, brother of Charles IX.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Surely he was the kind-hearted and chivalrous rancher of his own simple letters.
"The Sagebrusher" by Emerson Hough
The order, a memorial of the chivalrous past, was a source of still more satisfaction to the baron than he cared to avow.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
This came of my chivalrous desire, said I to myself, to give Miss Steele and her principal the benefit of my distinction.
"Tom, Dick and Harry" by Talbot Baines Reed
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In poetry:

"For Reason is rank in my temples,
And Vision unruly,
And chivalrous laud of my cunning
Is heard not again!"
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
He mused aloud, oh! Italy!
Land of the chivalric, the free!
Bruce may of Scotland tune his lyre,
But thee alone, can'st me inspire.
"The Exile's Reverie" by Mary Weston Fordham
Most chivalrous fish of the ocean
To ladies forbearing and mild,
Though his record be dark,
Is the man-eating shark,
Who will eat neither woman nor child.
"The Rhyme Of The Chivalrous Shark" by Wallace Irwin
Peace on Manchuria's plains has descended;
Tall waves the grass where the chivalrous bled;
Murder and massacre finally ended,
Sadly the living remember their dead.
"The Unforgotten Heroes" by John Lawson Stoddard
Death would have found you brave, but braver still
You face each lagging day,
A merry Stoic, patient, chivalrous,
Divinely kind and gay.
You bear your knowledge lightly, graduate
Of unkind Fate.
"To A Soldier In Hospital" by Winifred Mary Letts
I saw a maid with her chivalrous lover:
He was both tender and true;
He kissed her lips, vowing over and over,
"Darling, I worship you."
Sing, sing, bird of the spring,
Tell of the flowers the summer will bring.
"What I Have Seen #2" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox

In news:

The Old Spice Guy, wrapped in his towel, appears in a bathroom, dims the lights, rolls in candles, holds out a ring and reads the proposal in a deep, chivalrous voice.
And a woman who is victimized by a man may not speak out, in order to avoid the chivalrous man-next-door from starting a fist-fight—or criticizing her for somehow encouraging the harassment.
Brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous: a gallant knight.
Tina Rosenberg (Editorial Observer, Aug 23) notes the contradictions in Shakespeare's Henry V , who moves easily from chivalric speeches to butchery, and on to courtly wooing.
Munoz refused, the prude, and instead sent her on her way with a chivalrous peck on the cheek.
Bruno Mars is one of pop's courtliest young stars – a gentleman through and through, from his chivalric oaths ("I'd catch a grenade for ya") to the rakish Sinatra-style tilt of his fedora.
"My man He's not sexist, he's chivalrous.".
Tina Rosenberg (Editorial Observer, Aug 23) notes the contradictions in Shakespeare's Henry V, who moves easily from chivalric speeches to butchery, and on to courtly wooing.
(When the musician started leaving weird messages on Veronica 's answering machine, her brother chivalrously offered to have him snuffed out.
At times, he can be sensitive, self-effacing, even chivalrous.
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