n. Archaic
Refinement and courtesy resulting from good breeding.

[Middle English, from Old French, from gentil, noble; see gentle.]


archaic politeness or good breeding
[C14: from Old French gentillesse; see genteel]


(ˈdʒɛn tlˌɛs, ˌdʒɛn tlˈɛs)

Archaic. well-behaved, in the manner of the gentry.
[1300–50; Middle English < Middle French gentil]
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A sa sortie de prison, en 1990, ce chantre de la tolerance, de la gentilesse, de l'elegance et du charisme a pardonne puis pactise avec ses adversaires.
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From this perspective, the Prologue to the Tale of Beryn is not only a fabliau, but also a parody of the popular late medieval romances of social mobility such as The Squire of Low Degree (or even The Wife of Bath's Tale), in which inner gentilesse is seen to overcome class differences.
Struggles over construction of aristocratic identity and the meaning of noblesse (honour given of purchased) and gentilesse (honour one is bona with) in an age of exploding offices and titles helped create a "psychology of the heroic style" between 1630 and 1660 (p.
Princes, I prey you of your gentilesse Lat nat this man on me thus crye and pleyne, And I shal quyte you your bisinesse .
For sothe," quod I, "I se wet now that suffisaunce may not comen by rychesse, ne power by remes (='realms'), ne reverence by dignites, ne gentilesse by glorie, ne joie be delices.
I see pat nchesse yefeth (='gives') no suffisaunce, Ne hyhe estate ne worldly reuerence, And pogh pat worldly fame a man avaunce, Of gentilesse it 3euep (='gives') none evidence.
By the end of the sixteenth century, the common word "civil," growing from notions of chivalric gentilesse, became opposed to "barbaric" and was extended (at first in 1600 in William Vaughan's moralistic Golden-Grove) to the conduct of the individual, the household, and the country, seen as correlative and even homologous.
Amans is self-deluding, and constantly seeks to resist the truths Genius is telling him; Gower's compilatory strategy involves revealing truths, about jus naturae or gentilesse for instance, and then letting |the "reality" of the confession seemingly work to cancel [their] value' (p.