gallantry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n gallantry polite attentiveness to women
    • n gallantry the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle) "he showed great heroism in battle","he received a medal for valor"
    • n gallantry courtesy towards women
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gallantry Bravery; intrepidity; as, the troops behaved with great gallantry .
    • Gallantry Civility or polite attention to ladies; in a bad sense, attention or courtesy designed to win criminal favors from a female; freedom of principle or practice with respect to female virtue; intrigue.
    • Gallantry Gallant persons, collectively. "Helenus, Antenor, and all the gallantry of Troy."
    • Gallantry Splendor of appearance; ostentatious finery. "Guess the gallantry of our church by this . . . when the desk whereon the priest read was inlaid with plates of silver."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gallantry Fine appearance; show; finery; splendor; magnificence.
    • n gallantry Heroic bearing; bravery; intrepidity; high spirit: as, the gallantry of the troops under fire was admirable.
    • n gallantry Courtliness or polite attention to ladies.
    • n gallantry In a sinister sense, equivocal attention to women; profligate intrigue.
    • n gallantry Gallants collectively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Gallantry bravery: intrepidity: attention or devotion to ladies, often in a bad sense, amorous intrigue:
    • Gallantry (Shak.) gallants collectively
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “What men call gallantry, and gods adultery, is much more common where the climate's sultry.”
  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
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    “Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics.”
  • Tennessee Williams
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    “A high station in life is earned by the gallantry with which appalling experiences are survived with grace.”
  • Moliere
    Moliere
    “Frenchmen have an unlimited capacity for gallantry and indulge it on every occasion.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. galanterie,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. galant—O. Fr. gale, a merrymaking; prob. Teut.

Usage

In literature:

Men should beware of being captivated by a kind of savage Philosophy, Women by a thoughtless Gallantry.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
The gallantry displayed by Captain Gwin, her commander, was worthy of special praise.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
Joseph E. Johnston, twice severely wounded, was everywhere conspicuous for dashing gallantry.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
This general pays a splendid tribute to the gallantry of the border chiefs.
"Minstrelsy of the Scottish border (3rd ed) (1 of 3)" by Walter Scott
The new Khan has been very accommodating, and has given fetes, &c., to the officers left behind, in honour of our gallantry.
"Campaign of the Indus" by T.W.E. Holdsworth
But with their usual gallantry they came down to their work.
"History of Kershaw's Brigade" by D. Augustus Dickert
My manner towards her partakes of a tenderer playfulness, a more affectionate gallantry.
"The Cross of Berny" by Emile de Girardin
Thus the East knows nothing of this gallantry.
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
His gallantry in the Mexican War was such that he was brevetted a major-general.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896" by Various
My mind, however, was as far from thoughts of gallantry as if she had been a black-veiled nun.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
She was distinguished for her beauty, and infamous for her gallantries.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
These pages will not admit of our recounting the many instances in which this officer's gallantry was conspicuous.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
About that period is spread a mist of manly gallantry and feminine charms which conceals the darkness beneath.
"A History of English Prose Fiction" by Bayard Tuckerman
The Gordon Highlanders, with great gallantry, advanced up the Maedelsteed Spur, forcing the enemy to evacuate their front trench.
"New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol 2, No. 1, April, 1915" by Various
All Phelim's accomplishments, however, were nothing when compared to his gallantry.
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
And long afterward she was to recognize in that eager gallantry the finest of tact.
"Kenny" by Leona Dalrymple
His master's gallantries never ceased to cause him secret unrest.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
With his ready gallantry, habitually colored by a subtle sex-mockery, Carl rose, drew a chair for her and leaned against the mantel, smiling.
"Diane of the Green Van" by Leona Dalrymple
Though all objectives were not attained they carried through a difficult operation with great gallantry and determination.
"A Short History of the 6th Division"
For their gallantry Corporal Sloper and Sergeant Butcher received the Military Medal and Jones the Military Cross.
"The Story of the 2/4th Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry" by G. K. Rose
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In poetry:

How cruel Celia's fate, who hence
Our heart's devotion cannot try;
Too pretty for our reverence,
Too ancient for our gallantry!
"Celia" by Alexander Pope
"And the bridegroom that's to be
At smiling wait,
With a face like mist to see,
With graceful gallantry
Will bow you to the gate."
"The Eve Of All-Saints" by Madison Julius Cawein
Then he proffered his fin and she took it —
Such gallantry none can dispute —
While the passengers cheered As the vessel they neared
And a broadside was fired in salute.
"The Rhyme Of The Chivalrous Shark" by Wallace Irwin
IF I had a lover, now, who would he be?
Yourself with your laughter, your gay gallantry?
Yet I'd know when you kissed me your heart was not mine
But kneeling in tears at a lost lady's shrine.
"Words To An Irish Air" by Aline Murray Kilmer
The Gordon Highlanders have gained a lasting fame
Which for ages to come will long remain :
The daring gallantry they displayed at the storming of Dargai,
Which will be handed down to posterity.
"The Storming of the Dargai Heights" by William Topaz McGonagall
THOU so many favours hast receiv'd,
Wondrous to tell, and hard to be believ'd,
Oh ! H—— D, to my lays attention lend,
Hear how two lovers boastingly contend ;
Like thee successful, such their bloomy youth,
Renown'd alike for gallantry and truth.
"Tuesday, St. James's Coffee-House" by Mary Wortley Montagu

In news:

After the canned tributes and lame jokes, the flourishes of gallantry and strained bonhomie among the senators, all that mattered was the image being sent forth by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
EOD tech receives Silver Star for gallantry.
Sgt Joseph Deslauriers, an explosive ordnance disposal technician, earned the medal for gallantry in action while serving in Afghanistan on Sep 23, 2011.
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