baisemain

baisemain

(beɪzˈmæn)
n
archaic a kissing of the hand; thus, a sign of respect
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En plus, le protocole du baisemain est un acte mutuel qui reflete le principe d'egalite entre les adherents.
A baisemain is a kiss on the hand, a cataglottism means a lascivious kiss, to deosculate is to kiss affectionately and to exosculate is to kiss heartily.
Articles such as Jorn Steigerwald's 'Le baiser galant: approches d'une configuration erotique de "l'esthetique galante" autour de 1700', Gabriele Vickermann-Ribemont's 'Baiser du coeur ou de l'esprit: le baisemain au XVIIIe siecle', and 'Le baiser dans la tourmente revolutionnaire: effusions et epanchements d'une aristocratic victime' by Carole Dormer demonstrate the way in which the depiction of the kiss in various literary genres could reflect, comment on, and subvert social relationships.
Yesterday, however, Alec, the present head of the family dynasty, was charm personified, even kissing the Queen's hand in a baisemain - a breach of royal protocol but a traditional sign of reverence in French society - on accepting the coveted gold trophy.
This was a culture that celebrated the "arts" of studied behavior:mannered conversation, baisemain seduction, graceful athleticism (thus fencing), and an aestheticism based on the refined contemplation of art objects.