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knight-errantry

[nahyt-er-uh n-tree] /ˈnaɪtˈɛr ən tri/
noun, plural knight-errantries.
1.
the behavior, vocation, or character of a knight-errant.
2.
quixotic conduct or action.
Origin of knight-errantry
1645-1655
1645-55; knight-errant + -ry
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  • Throughout his boyhood Scott read all the fairy tales, eastern stories, and romances of knight-errantry that fell in his way.

  • Too late, Mr. Cheveril, in spite of your sudden display of knight-errantry!

  • The spirit of knight-errantry was coming in, and we see that William himself in his younger days was touched by it.

    William the Conqueror Edward Augustus Freeman
  • But have patience till I tell you the story of my knight-errantry.

  • knight-errantry is brought within the sphere of practical politics.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • When knight-errantry is proposed to him, he reduces that also to the established order.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • It was not knight-errantry, therefore, so much as politics, that led Davy Crockett southward into this wild hornets nest.

    The Way to the West Emerson Hough
  • Of a sudden there came an adventure which gave opening for knight-errantry.

    Overland John William De Forest
  • I am going out into the wide world,' he writes, with a touch of knight-errantry foreign to his usual nature.

  • Of course, to a gentleman of my knight-errantry, that was sufficient to fire my blood.

    The Unseen Bridgegroom May Agnes Fleming

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