n. Archaic
Refinement and courtesy resulting from good breeding.

[Middle English, from Old French, from gentil, noble; see gentle.]
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archaic politeness or good breeding
[C14: from Old French gentillesse; see genteel]
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(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.
In England, for example, Chaucer's "Wife of Bath's Tale" suggests that actions alone, not birth, determine someone's "gentilesse," which ultimately "cometh fro God alione." (23) Similarly, in Henry Medwall's late fifteenth-century play Fulgens and Lucrece, which was a translation of an Italian treatise on nobility, Lucrece argues that virtue, not blood, is the most important factor in determining true nobility.
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.
As Douglas Gray has shown, pite in Chaucer is most commonly associated with appeals for love, and especially as a sign of a male or female lover's nobility, charity, "trouthe," and "gentilesse." (19) Gray notes that for Chaucer, pite is most frequently represented as "a virtue seen exclusively in the context of a love-situation, a virtue which the beloved lady should show to her suppliant lover," and that the "lover's plea for pite" is especially prominent in Chaucer's works (174-175).
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.
Kuskin is strongest when he focuses on his sources for the book's title, Robert Copland's statement that he is "gladly folowynge the trace of my mayster Caxton" (7), along with Chaucer's "Gentilesse," its appearance in Ashmole 59, and its subsequent print history.
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.
The remainder covers the bulk of medieval narrative and is organized according to the terms that Chaucer uses to introduce the tales in the General Prologue, that is tales of "cherles" "gentilesse" and "moralitiee" (35).
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.
Nevertheless, Margaret Connolly includes 'Gentilesse' among the texts in Harley 7333 'which show the clearest indications of dependence on Shirley exemplars' (p.