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Chesterfieldian

[ches-ter-feel-dee-uh n] /ˌtʃɛs tərˈfil di ən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or like the 4th Earl of Chesterfield or his writings; elegant; urbane; suave.
Origin of Chesterfieldian
1770-1780
1770-80; Chesterfield + -ian
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  • The colonel, for all his Chesterfieldian polish, could judge a horse or man in the raw.

    The Code of the Mountains Charles Neville Buck
  • His manners are perfect;—not Chesterfieldian, and yet never offensive.

    Phineas Finn Anthony Trollope
  • Sube rarely overlooked an opportunity to demonstrate to Mrs. Guilford his Chesterfieldian manners.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • Besides, sir, he was a boy who under a Chesterfieldian exterior hid strong destructive propensities.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • Worldly beyond his reputation, and somewhat Chesterfieldian in his principles, he consents to be a Roman while at Rome.

    Australian Writers Desmond Byrne
  • The guests at the Felton banquet greatly exceed the Chesterfieldian limits.

    Red as a Rose is She Rhoda Broughton
  • He passed out of the door with a Chesterfieldian bow and good night.

    Yellowstone Nights Herbert Quick
  • “You do us too much honor,” said Paul, making a low bow in his best Chesterfieldian manner.

  • But, a single sentence like this would vitiate the entire Chesterfieldian correspondence.

    Essays sthetical George Calvert
  • "Ef you'll git right in heah, you'll be dah befoh yer know it, ma'am," said he giving a Chesterfieldian bow.

    The Hindered Hand Sutton E. Griggs
British Dictionary definitions for Chesterfieldian

Chesterfieldian

/ˌtʃɛstəˈfiːldɪən/
adjective
1.
of or like Lord Chesterfield; suave; elegant; polished
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