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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
First recorded in 1645-55; knight-errant + -ry
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  • "I don't think I should make a habit of knight-errantry, if I were you," said Roger.

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine
  • Too late, Mr. Cheveril, in spite of your sudden display of knight-errantry!

  • I have incurred the contempt of mankind by my knight-errantry.

  • But have patience till I tell you the story of my knight-errantry.

  • By this knight-errantry the advantages which ought to have been pursued were frequently lost.

    The Lusiad Lus de Cames
  • When knight-errantry is proposed to him, he reduces that also to the established order.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • knight-errantry is brought within the sphere of practical politics.

    The Gentle Reader Samuel McChord Crothers
  • Of a sudden there came an adventure which gave opening for knight-errantry.

    Overland

    John William De Forest
  • This elderly New-Englander had in him none of the spirit of knight-errantry.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • Of course, to a gentleman of my knight-errantry, that was sufficient to fire my blood.

    The Unseen Bridgegroom May Agnes Fleming

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