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gentlemanliness

Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. gentlemanly behaviour, of or pertaining to being a gentleman

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state of being gentlemanly; gentlemanly conduct or manners.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being gentlemanly; the bearing or behavior of a well-bred man.

Etymologies

gentlemanly +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Old Aristotle, long ago, laboured to define wherein consisted the trait known as gentlemanliness; others will have puzzled since his day, for we have bedaubed ourselves with so thick a coating of manner and phrase that many a cad will pass for something better.

    Alone

  • Of all Ronald Reagan's innate qualities, his gentlemanliness was the last to atrophy.

    NYT > Home Page

  • Then your remark about Brown is sort of political "gentlemanliness" ;

    On Gordon Brown's "Fear" of Elections

  • If, as seems probable if not certain, the _Launfal_ legend, with its libel on her, is of Breton origin, it makes her an ordinary Celtic princess, a spiritual sister of Iseult when she tried to kill Brengwain, and a cross between Potiphar's wife and Catherine of Russia, without any of the good nature and "gentlemanliness" of the last named.

    A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1 From the Beginning to 1800

  • There were two other reasons why Dubkoff had charms for Woloda and myself -- namely, the fact that he was of military appearance, and, secondly (and principally), the fact that he was of a certain age -- an age with which young people are apt to associate that quality of "gentlemanliness" which is so highly esteemed at their time of life.

    Boyhood

  • English country; and it must be an aspiration after some form of melodious gentlemanliness which is imagined to have inhabited the island at one time; as among our poets the dream of the period of a circle of chivalry here is encouraged for the pleasure of the imagination.

    Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith

  • Certainly Messrs Cameron and Miliband seemed very pleased with their own gentlemanliness.

    You cannot be serious, Mr Cameron | Simon Hoggart's sketch

  • Cardinal features of Alpha's identity include high academic achievement, gentlemanliness, deep and abiding brotherhood among members, as well as a commitment to uplifting the disadvantaged through civic action, policy, and service.

    Gregory S. Parks: The King Memorial and the Ideals of Brotherhood

  • What I'm saying is that Federer represents a bygone era through his grace and gentlemanliness on and off the court.

    A breakfast treat

  • I am all for young men distinguishing themselves with valor, intelligence and all forms of gentlemanliness but every successful culture has maintained a respect for the "grey haired" of their society.

    Three Peter Barrett Stories

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