verb (used without object)
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Origin of cavalier
historical usage of cavalier
By the end of the 16th century, cavalier had also become a term of abuse, meaning “braggart, swaggerer,” as in Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2 (1596–99). This sense persisted till at least the English Civil War (1642–1651); the Puritan Roundheads called King Charles’s bellicose aristocratic supporters Cavaliers. By the mid-18th century, a cavalier also came to mean “an attendant upon or escort for a lady, a lady’s dancing partner.”
The adjective senses of cavalier, “offhand, careless, free and easy” arose in the second half of the 16th century; the negative adjective sense “haughty, disdainful” arose in the mid-18th century; the historical sense in reference to the Stuart Royalists arose in the mid-19th century.
OTHER WORDS FROM cavaliercav·a·lier·ism, cav·a·lier·ness, nouncav·a·lier·ly, adverbun·cav·a·lier, adjectiveun·cav·a·lier·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for cavalier
The metrics are good, and I don’t say that with a cavalier attitude.Maryland state superintendent says students should be in school ‘right now’|Donna St. George|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
“That’s pretty startling stuff in there in terms of the laxity or almost cavalier attitude about” attorney conduct, Carpenter said.Maine Hires Lawyers With Criminal Records to Defend Poor Residents. The Governor Wants Reform.|by Samantha Hogan, The Maine Monitor|October 14, 2020|ProPublica
They aren’t cavalier about the health risks but say something critical is at stake.Wisconsin election officials go from famine to feast with a swell of poll workers|Dan Simmons|October 8, 2020|Washington Post
In an interview with Sports Illustrated years earlier, Salazar appeared cavalier about his own drug use.Inside a secret running program at Nike and a win-at-all-costs corporate culture|Rachel King|October 6, 2020|Fortune
Take into account fuel economy, parking, and the fact that you’ll probably still need a commuter car if you’re based in a big city, and that cavalier road-trip machine might start to feel like a logistics nightmare.
The mindsets of both Cavalier and Puritan took root in the New World, and the experiment launched in 1776 continues.
"There is a cost to such a cavalier attitude," said Aparício, the former Bolivian ambassador to Washington.Is Edward Snowden Bound for Bolivia? Evo Morales Sure Seems to Hope So|Eli Lake, Mac Margolis|July 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Wrong station, mate, you want the next,” you tell a strapping boy in a cavalier cloak.‘Stupid Enough to Pay’: Tim Parks’s Italian Rail Adventures|Tim Parks|June 23, 2013|DAILY BEAST
“Some reporters may take a cavalier attitude about being a martyr for a cause,” the friend added.Jana Winter Gets Reprieve but Could Still Be Jailed Over Holmes Scoop|David Freedlander|April 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I'm afraid those who have been to war and daily diced with death are rather cavalier with their health.
The other was the spirited portrait of Baron von Friedericks, a happy combination of cavalier and soldier in its manly strength.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
Like many another cavalier, he had a flame in every country, or rather, in every town which he visited.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
She gave him a cavalier little nod, touched her horse with the whip, and a moment later was lost in a cloud of dust.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The old landed interest, the old Cavalier interest, had now no share in the favours of the Crown.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Cavalier traveled for the house, whose firm name appeared as "Fendant and Cavalier."Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe