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chivalrous

[shiv-uh l-ruh s] /ˈʃɪv əl rəs/
adjective
1.
having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
2.
considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
3.
gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English chevalrous < Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous
Related forms
chivalrously, adverb
chivalrousness, noun
nonchivalrous, adjective
nonchivalrously, adverb
nonchivalrousness, noun
superchivalrous, adjective
superchivalrously, adverb
superchivalrousness, noun
unchivalrous, adjective
unchivalrously, adverb
unchivalrousness, noun
Synonyms
1. fearless, dauntless, valiant; courtly; faithful, true, devoted.
Antonyms
1. cowardly, rude, disloyal.
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  • He was chivalrous, the world was an adventure of himself.
  • It's a grim reminder that castles were not all for chivalrous knights and beautiful princesses.
  • The pulp fiction at the time dealt with chivalrous explorers going on adventures and conquering monsters in battles.
  • By nature adventurous and chivalrous, he fairly bounded to success once he was thrown upon his own re sources.
  • They look at these motion pictures and think how glorious war is and chivalrous.
  • Ford's idea of a worthy life was chivalrous, especially in its promotion of ballroom dancing.
British Dictionary definitions for chivalrous

chivalrous

/ˈʃɪvəlrəs/
adjective
1.
gallant; courteous
2.
involving chivalry
Derived Forms
chivalrously, adverb
chivalrousness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier
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Word Origin and History for chivalrous
adj.

mid-14c., from Old French chevaleros "knightly, noble, chivalrous," from chevalier (see chevalier; also cf. chivalry). According to OED, obsolete in English and French from mid-16c. Not revived in French, but brought back in English late 18c. by romantic writers fond of medieval settings.

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