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knight-errantry

[nahyt-er-uh n-tree] /ˈnaɪtˈɛr ən tri/
noun, plural knight-errantries.
1.
the behavior, vocation, or character of a knight-errant.
2.
quixotic conduct or action.
Origin of knight-errantry
1645-1655
1645-55; knight-errant + -ry
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  • There was an agreeable element of mystery in it as well as knight errantry.

  • The knight errantry of Miyamoto Musashi is now a tale of the past.

  • The age of knight errantry which Cervantes has haloed with a deathless charm, breathes in this historic Pass of Honour.

    Heroic Spain Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • Those mighty enquiries were the intellectual jousts and tournaments of the age of chivalry and knight errantry.

    The Way to Abolish Slavery Charles Stearns
  • His conquests were conducted on what might almost be called principles of knight errantry.

  • In the first place, it was a furtive, underhand blow at this nonsense of knight errantry, though nobody suspected that but me.

  • In Ireland, he had before his eyes continually, the dreary world which the poet of knight errantry imagines.

    Spenser R. W. Church
  • I am not in this land for knight errantry, but I am here to make head against the King's enemies.

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • These qualities of chivalry gave birth to knight errantry, that singular feature in the character of the middle ages.

  • It's a thousand times more thrilling than any of the old tales of knight errantry, and I'm glad George kept on asking questions.

    Georgina's Service Stars Annie Fellows Johnston
British Dictionary definitions for knight errantry

knight errantry

noun
1.
the practices of a knight errant
2.
quixotic behaviour or practices
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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