chivalry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n chivalry courtesy towards women
    • n chivalry the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chivalry A body or order of cavaliers or knights serving on horseback; illustrious warriors, collectively; cavalry. "His Memphian chivalry .""By his light
      Did all the chivalry of England move,
      To do brave acts."
    • Chivalry (Eng. Law) A tenure of lands by knight's service; that is, by the condition of a knight's performing service on horseback, or of performing some noble or military service to his lord.
    • Chivalry Exploit.
    • Chivalry The dignity or system of knighthood; the spirit, usages, or manners of knighthood; the practice of knight-errantry.
    • Chivalry The qualifications or character of knights, as valor, dexterity in arms, courtesy, etc. "The glory of our Troy this day doth lie
      On his fair worth and single chivalry ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chivalry Knighthood; the medieval system of military privileges, with its peculiar honorary titles and aristocratic limitations of honorable position to the possessors of those titles, founded upon the several degrees of military service rendered on horseback. See knight.
    • n chivalry That which pertains to knighthood; the usages and customs pertaining to the order of knighthood; the ideal qualifications of a knight, collectively, as courtesy, generosity, valor, and dexterity in arms; the ideal of knighthood.
    • n chivalry A knightly adventure, exploit, or mode of action.
    • n chivalry An order or a body of knights; knights or warriors collectively; any company of illustrious warriors.
    • n chivalry In English law, a tenure of lands by knight's service—that is, by the condition of performing service on horseback, or of performing some noble or military service to the lord. See knight-service and tenure.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chivalry shiv′al-ri the usages and qualifications of chevaliers or knights: bravery and courtesy: the system of knighthood in feudal times
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Quotations

  • Benjamin Disraeli
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    “The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.”
  • Freda Adler
    Freda Adler
    “There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.”
  • Elizabeth Barrett Browning
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    “The world's male chivalry has perished out, but women are knights-errant to the last; and, if Cervantes had been greater still, he had made his Don a Donna.”
  • Albert Guerard
    Albert Guerard
    “Chivalry is the most delicate form of contempt.”
  • Charles Sumner
    Charles Sumner
    “The age of chivalry has gone; the age of humanity has come.”
  • Alice Stone Blackwell
    Alice Stone Blackwell
    “Justice is better than chivalry if we cannot have both.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. chevalerie, fr. chevalier, knight, OF., horseman. See Chevalier, and cf. Cavalry
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. chevaleriecheval—Low L. caballus, a horse.

Usage

In literature:

Some 'Chivalry of Labour,' some noble Humanity and practical Divineness of Labour, will yet be realised on this Earth.
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
But he could only see the chivalry of it.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Whose chivalry prevents that?
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
A swell bunch of chivalry you got, you and your Galahad!
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
Joan was the very spirit of chivalry, but in that age of chivalry she was shamefully deserted.
"The Red True Story Book" by Various
Was it a feeling of pure chivalry that had prompted him?
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
That was just chivalry.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
So rode the "Cuirassiers of Morsbronn," the flower of an empire's chivalry, the elect of France.
"The Maids of Paradise" by Robert W. (Robert William) Chambers
The one battle he had fought had been impotent to save the object of his chivalry.
"Aladdin of London" by Sir Max Pemberton
To his foes, he was the flower of chivalry; but to his friends, he was, besides, the most adored of men.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 5 of 8" by Various
The fundamentals of chivalry can be traced to the earliest period of German history.
"Patrician and Plebeian" by Thomas J. Wertenbaker
What can you say in defence of your times of beloved chivalry?
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
I learned my best notions of honor and chivalry from you.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
He quoted various chapters from books of chivalry, and cited Gandalin, squire to Amadis of Gaul.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Chief Scout Director of Chivalry.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
The age of chivalry is over.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
Chivalry is a magic word.
"In Times Like These" by Nellie L. McClung
The other political parties then had to follow with the nomination of a woman or fall behind the Democrats in chivalry.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
We have come to the time when we must feel that the word chivalry belongs to the past.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume V"
This is not chivalry, it is simply our duty.
"Priests, Women, and Families" by J. Michelet
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In poetry:

But close at the hearth,
Like a cricket, sit I,
Reading of summer
And chivalry—
Gallant chivalry!
"Old Song" by Edward FitzGerald
But close at the hearth,
Like a cricket, sit I,
Reading of summer
And chivalry— Gallant chivalry!
"The Meadows In Spring" by Edward FitzGerald
There stood a low and ivied roof,
As gazing rustics tell,
In times of chivalry and song
'Yclept the holy well.
"Trehill Well" by Charles Kingsley
In this strange scene of revelry,
Amidst this gorgeous chivalry,
A form I saw was like to thee,
My love—my Nora!
"My Nora" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Then heart and pulse throbb'd more and more
With courage firm and high,
And down the good Confederates bore
On the Austrian chivalry.
"The Battle of Sempach" by Sir Walter Scott
Then rolling onward full of death and doom,
A flood of chivalry,
Led on by streaming flags that rose like spume
Thrown from a roaring sea;
"Bannockburn" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Robert Bresson's telling of the King Arthur legend begins where most versions end, describing a Camelot of fading glory, where the ideals of chivalry and spiritual purity are threatened by a modern, pragmatic mentality.
Chivalry is alive and well on Maui.
Ah, chivalry: That old code of behavior that men must follow in order to protect the "honor" of women they know.
Through chivalry, a woman's honor becomes a man's responsibility.
Cavalleria Rusticana or Rustic Chivalry, is an opera in one act by Pietro Mascagni to an Italian libretto by Giovanni Targioni-Tozzetti and Guido Menasci, adapted from a play written by Giovanni Verga based on his short story.
It was the ship that launched a thousand stories: of chivalry and courage, love and loss, and the hubris behind it all.
Let's Give Chivalry Another Chance .
Who says chivalry is out of style.
A young couple at a Houston Astros baseball game got a painful lesson in chivalry after Bo Wyble ducked out the way, allowing the ball to hit his girlfriend.
Saturday-Sunday: Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival at Silver Bowl Park.
On Friday night, the western expanse of the LoDa ArtWalk will become the place of shining chivalry, mutton and mead, and Medieval games.
Tolkien's fantasy novels reflect the themes of chivalry, nobility and virtue.
With an increased emphasis on service and chivalry over beirut and binge drinking, fraternity brothers at Yale and across the country are feeling pressure to renew their focus on "gentlemanly" conduct.
Larry Nyland, Marysville (Wash.) Schools Who says chivalry is dead.
A wounded Marine becomes a writer and produces the definitive drama of World War I In this story, he writes of honor, chivalry, and the deadliness of sentiment .
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