from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The practice of acting as, or the custom of having, a cicisbeo; the practice of dangling about women.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The state or conduct of a cicisbeo.
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- noun The state or conduct of a
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Some boldly apply the name of “love” to a caprice of a few days, a connection without attachment, passion without affection, the affectations of cicisbeism, a cold usage, a romantic fancy, a taste speedily followed by a distaste.
She tempts fate when she carries on her gallantries and her Italian cicisbeism under the eyes of Scone Dacres.
Italy is nothing to this country in cicisbeism; the men and women are ever together, taking snuff, yawning, groaning with ennui, without a syllable to utter,
There may also have been something very reassuring to Alfieri's apprehensions in the knowledge that he would be dealing, not with an Italian woman, accustomed and almost socially obliged to hold a man in the degrading bonds of cicisbeism, but with a foreigner, the jealously-guarded wife of a sort of legendary ogre, with whom, however much the old fury of love might awaken in him, there could by no possibility be anything beyond the most strictly watched friendship.
November 1991], used in his definition of cicisbeism the word poodle-faker, which, as near as I can make out, is an obscure or archaic Briticism, possibly military slang.