from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The character of being uncourtly.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun Absence of courtliness; rudeness; rusticity.
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- noun Lack of
courtliness; rudeness; rusticity.
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Our sex perhaps must expect to bear a little — uncourtliness shall I call it? — from the husband whom as the lover they let know the preference their hearts gave him to all other men. —
He boasted of having carried the colours of the 20th regiment, that bore the brunt of the day there, and mainly contributed to obtain a "glorious victory," as Southey, in his days of uncourtliness, called that of Blenheim.
Such conjugal uncourtliness elicits its merited censure in the cool satire of the accompanying motto: --
Bear with his uncourtliness now, for he is truthful, upright, and noble in soul — qualities rare in a Hellene.
"Your honor," said he, "must pardon the uncourtliness of our ways: but we give you the best we have; and the worthy Lord Loch-awe cannot do more."
Which being the case, no wonder if error, oiled with obsequiousness, (which generally gains friends, though deserves none worth having,) has often the advantage of truth, and thereby slides more easily and intimately into the fool's bosom, than the uncourtliness of truth will suffer it to do.
"Your honor," said he, "must pardon the uncourtliness of our ways; but we give you the best we have: and the worthy Lord Loch-awe cannot do more."
Our sex perhaps must expect to bear a little -- uncourtliness shall I call it?
"I will," said Sir Richard; "and don't take old Chandos's uncourtliness too much to heart, young Eustace.