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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Definitions for potvaliancy

  1. Brave only as a result of being drunk.

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Citations for potvaliancy
Obed looked over his shoulder, peering at me with his little short—sighted pig's eyes, into which, in my potvaliancy, I immediately chucked half a tumbler of very strong grog, and under cover of it attempted to bolt through the scuttle. Michael Scott, Tom Cringle's Log
His bursts of potvaliancy (the male side of the maiden Panic within his bosom) are awful to his friends. George Meredith, Beauchamp's Career, Volume 1
Origin of potvaliancy
1635-1645
Potvaliancy combines the original sense of pot as "drinking cup" with valiancy, which derives from the verb valere, "to be strong."
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