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chivalrous

[shiv-uh l-ruh s]
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adjective
  1. having the qualities of chivalry, as courage, courtesy, and loyalty.
  2. considerate and courteous to women; gallant.
  3. gracious and honorable toward an enemy, especially a defeated one, and toward the weak or poor.
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Origin of chivalrous

1300–50; Middle English chevalrous < Middle French chevalerous, equivalent to chevalier chevalier + -ous -ous
Related formschiv·al·rous·ly, adverbchiv·al·rous·ness, nounnon·chiv·al·rous, adjectivenon·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbnon·chiv·al·rous·ness, nounsu·per·chiv·al·rous, adjectivesu·per·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbsu·per·chiv·al·rous·ness, nounun·chiv·al·rous, adjectiveun·chiv·al·rous·ly, adverbun·chiv·al·rous·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. fearless, dauntless, valiant; courtly; faithful, true, devoted.

Antonyms

1. cowardly, rude, disloyal.
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Examples from the Web for unchivalrous

Historical Examples

  • "Damn the women," was the unchivalrous thought that rose to George's lips.

    The Sturdy Oak

    Samuel Merwin, et al.

  • I'll be done with him for one,' added the unchivalrous friend.

    The Wrong Box

    Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

  • Yielding to circumstances he accepted what he bluntly pronounced, ungenerous and unchivalrous terms.

    The Civil War Through the Camera

    Henry W. (Henry William) Elson

  • The rest lay upon the hillside,—some past help, and all exposed to the fire of an unchivalrous foe.

    The White Shield

    Myrtle Reed

  • But he loved her, and he would have deemed it unchivalrous to let her feel now that their relation to one another had changed.


British Dictionary definitions for unchivalrous

chivalrous

adjective
  1. gallant; courteous
  2. involving chivalry
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Derived Formschivalrously, adverbchivalrousness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French chevalerous, from chevalier
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Word Origin and History for unchivalrous

adj.

1821, from un- (1) "not" + chivalrous. Related: Unchivalrously. Alternative unchivalric is recorded from 1851.

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chivalrous

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French chevaleros "knightly, noble, chivalrous," from chevalier (see chevalier; also cf. chivalry). According to OED, obsolete in English and French from mid-16c. Not revived in French, but brought back in English late 18c. by romantic writers fond of medieval settings.

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