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knight-errantry

Definitions

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  • n. The character or actions of wandering knights; the practice of wandering in quest of adventures.
  • n. Chivalry; a quixotic or romantic adventure or scheme.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The character or actions of wandering knights; the practice of wandering in quest of adventures; chivalry; a quixotic or romantic adventure or scheme.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The rôle or character of a knight errant; the knightly practice of wandering in quest of adventures.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Middle Ages) the code of conduct observed by a knight errant who is wandering in search of deeds of chivalry
  • n. quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior

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Examples

  • It was time, he continued, “for the age of knight-errantry and mad-heroism to be at an end.”

    George Washington’s First War

  • It reminded one of the rude and chivalrous days of knight-errantry.

    EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON

  • 'But, I believe,' he said, 'some genius of officiousness has today taken possession of me, for I began it upon a Quixote sort of enterprise, and a spirit of knight-errantry seems willing to accompany me through it to the end.'

    Camilla

  • “From seeing the danger to which my incautious knight-errantry has exposed me; I begin, indeed, to take you for a very mischievous sort of person, and I fear the poor devil from whom I rescued you will be amply revenged for his disgrace, by finding that the first use you make of your freedom is to doom your deliverer to bondage.”

    Cecilia

  • I will tell you the matter at length, for it is comical enough; and why should not you list to my juridical adventures, as well as I to those of your fiddling knight-errantry?

    Redgauntlet

  • ALQUIFE, an enchanter in the mediaeval romances of knight-errantry.

    Redgauntlet

  • It has its longueurs and at times is longsome enough; but it is interesting as a comparison between the chivalry of Al – Islam and European knight-errantry.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • Guiana one to Spanish — and yet hardly, hardly to be regretted, when we remember the seamanship, the science, the chivalry, the heroism, unequalled in the history of the English nation, which it has called forth among those our later Arctic voyagers, who have combined the knight-errantry of the middle age with the practical prudence of the modern, and dared for duty more than Cortez or

    Westward Ho!

  • “What nobler knight-errantry?” said Frank, cheerfully; but Mrs. Leigh shuddered.

    Westward Ho!

  • Is not this true knight-errantry, to redeem to peace and use, and to the glory of that glorious queen whom God has given to me, a generous soil and a more generous race?

    Westward Ho!

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