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stately

[steyt-lee]
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adjective, state·li·er, state·li·est.
  1. majestic; imposing in magnificence, elegance, etc.: a stately home.
  2. dignified.
adverb
  1. in a stately manner.

Origin of stately

First recorded in 1350–1400, stately is from the Middle English word statly. See state, -ly
Related formsstate·li·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for stateliness

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  • I have explored its large and little streets, its stateliness and its slums.

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    Robert W. Service

  • We marched along like this with all the stateliness and solemnity of camels!

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    Sarah Bernhardt

  • I prefer a tendency to stateliness to an excess of fellowship.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The stateliness of her figure completed the impression of a Roman matron.

  • Where's dignity, leisure, stateliness; where's Art and Eloquence?

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    Logan Pearsall Smith


British Dictionary definitions for stateliness

stately

adjective -lier or -liest
  1. characterized by a graceful, dignified, and imposing appearance or manner
adverb
  1. in a stately manner
Derived Formsstateliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for stateliness

stately

adj.

"noble, splendid," late 14c., from state (n.1) in a sense of "costly and imposing display" (such as benefits a person of rank and wealth), early 14c.; a sense also preserved in the phrase to lie in state "to be ceremoniously exposed to view before interment" (1705). Hence also stateroom.

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