chivalrousness

chivalrous

[shiv-uhl-ruhs]
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:
1300–50; Middle English chevalrous < Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous

chivalrously, adverb
chivalrousness, noun
nonchivalrous, adjective
nonchivalrously, adverb
nonchivalrousness, noun
superchivalrous, adjective
superchivalrously, adverb
superchivalrousness, noun
unchivalrous, adjective
unchivalrously, adverb
unchivalrousness, noun


1. fearless, dauntless, valiant; courtly; faithful, true, devoted.


1. cowardly, rude, disloyal.
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chivalrous (ˈʃɪvəlrəs)
 
adj
1.  gallant; courteous
2.  involving chivalry
 
[C14: from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier]
 
'chivalrously
 
adv
 
'chivalrousness
 
n

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chivalrous
mid-14c., from O.Fr. chevalerous, 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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