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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Her research interests include the marginalized women poets of WWI and the use of the term gentilesse in the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer.
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.
In the celebratory finale the King of England (played by Warren Rusher, who also doubled Dodger the spy and Hammon's brother-in-law Warner) entered Eyre's shop to grace his well-deserved status by granting him certain privileges, and at the same time marked himself as a royal patron who privileged gentilesse over class to legitimate Lacy and Rose's union.
The first 46 due to go under the hammer are mares and they include Oghill House's Gentilesse (lot 16), a winning 14-year-old daughter of Generous from the family of Grade 1 winners Donativum, Luas Line and Prince Arch.
Many of the titles of Chaucer's lyrics, such as Gentilesse and Lak of Stedfastnesse, are, like Truth, from Chaucer Society reprintings or, as with Womanly Noblesse and Merciles Beaute, from Walter Skeat's volumes.
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.
279), and then examines Chaucer's treatment of gentilesse and the decline of virtue in male and female figures from the Canterbury Tales.
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.
To read the Franklin's Tale purely in relation to the Squire's Tale as Mandel does, ignoring the links concerning the themes of gentilesse, illusion, marriage, and sovereignty between the Franklin's Tale and all the tales that do not happen to be in the same fragment, is to impoverish our reading.
She explains to him that low birth is no shame, just as high birth is no assurance of gentilesse, or true nobility of conduct.