knight errantry


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knight errantry

n
1. the practices of a knight errant
2. quixotic behaviour or practices
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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Noun1.knight errantry - quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior
idealism - impracticality by virtue of thinking of things in their ideal form rather than as they really are
2.knight errantry - (Middle Ages) the code of conduct observed by a knight errant who is wandering in search of deeds of chivalry
code of behavior, code of conduct - a set of conventional principles and expectations that are considered binding on any person who is a member of a particular group
Dark Ages, Middle Ages - the period of history between classical antiquity and the Italian Renaissance
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This is central in Renaissance philosophy and crucial to Don Quijote's Castiglionian power to harness the universal "science" of knight errantry leading to that self-perfection.

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