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n.1.The state of being gentlemanly; gentlemanly conduct or manners.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Watson, but Watson, instead of seeing that it was a rebuke, accepted the title as a tribute to his gentlemanliness.
Philip was overwhelmed by so much gentlemanliness: in East Anglia they knew who were gentlemen and who weren't, but the gentlemen didn't talk about it.
From her life's experience gathered in various "business houses" the good woman had taken into her retirement an ideal of gentlemanliness as exhibited by the patrons of private-saloon bars.
However, the son of Jomo Kenyatta the overwhelmingly popular founder of our republic maintains popularity from his own internationally applauded gentlemanliness and performance.
His participation in the swearing-in ceremony of the new chief minister and graciously congratulating him is an expression of his gentlemanliness.
This effort to produce a flamboyant effortlessness is a highly pitched emotional gambit, and as such, it works as a quintessential public expression of Victorian gentlemanliness: an anxious dramatic projection of polish, understatement, and, to borrow a term from Locker-Lampson's memoir, the suppression of "capitalise[d]" emotions.
That vibrant personality, that attitude of taking even the opposition along, that refined gentlemanliness, that greatness we may not again see in the near future.
And it is not just ordinary law enforcement for that matter; it is meeting the expectation of gentlemanliness, courtesy, discipline, leadership, kindness, integrity and competence.
By denying the differences between men and women, and by ridiculing the manly virtues of gentlemanliness and chivalry and the female virtues of modesty and prudence, feminism dissolved the civilizational restraints on the male libido.
Adejumo (2010) also explains that this restrictivist ideology takes root from the Yoruba concept of omoluabi, and captures gentlemanliness, respectability and socio-cultural responsibility.
Vitale casts a wide net, moving briskly in several pages from the ancient Roman pugilatus to Mussolini's cult of physicality and strength, only to conclude that boxing never really took hold in Italy as it did in England and Russia, where martial arts skill was part of the code of noble gentlemanliness. The relative absence of boxing in Italian culture, coupled with Mussolini having hyped the sport as "an exquisitely fascist means of self-expression" (13), helps explain why the men in my father's fiercely anti-fascist Venetian family never showed interest in the sport, even after they migrated to Massachusetts after World War II and started fraternizing with Italian American men like those in my mother's New Jersey family.
"As I write this I'm thinking of my father's unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work," Adam Cohen wrote.