uncourtly

uncourtly

(ʌnˈkɔːtlɪ)
adj, -lier or -liest
impolite or unrefined
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Batterbury too much for him, and would have been driven, for the first time in his practice of art, to the uncustomary and uncourtly resource of absolutely painting a genuine likeness.
Romance texts further solidify this advice; even earlier works, such as Chretien de Troyes's twelfth-century romance, Erec et Enide, expresses this same mandate to kings: "Erec en pesa plus assez / Qu'il n'en mostra semblant as genz; / Mais duelx de roi n'est mie genz, / N'a roi n'avient qu'il face duel" (Thus weighed upon Erec much more than he showed people outwardly, but grieving is uncourtly on the part of a king and it does not befit a king to show grief [6516-19]).
This uncourtly rendering of the Perceval story delights in encounters between the hero and unchivalric opponents, such as a Red Knight of diabolical origin, born of a witch.
In this passage, the invocation of the social marker of "knight" is applied, after all, not to Lara himself but to his uncourtly interrogator (1.434).
(64) While this baseness inevitably evokes the same class bias we see in Heywood's work, where low speech is an index of low class status, in Magnyfycence such speech implies what is merely uncourtly behavior among the elite, the 'dissolute life-styles' and the 'over-familiarity' the gallants show towards their sovereign.
With a corpus showing northern appreciation of a wider range of genres, she analyses desire in the low, uncourtly register, where the feminine voice is more often heard, and in the high register of fin' amor, the masculine domain.
An ape offers hawk's bells and combs to other apes, one of which holds a hawk by the tail in a very uncourtly manner.
Such an anticourtly attitude is instead typical of literary texts associated with what Gordon McMullan has called "the country-based, feminocentric, uncourtly environment cultivated by the Huntingdons at Ashby." (10) If these lines are a pointed modification of the original, then they could certainly be said to serve an ideological agenda associated with this family.
Comus's employment of the term "fair" draws on the courtly poetics of color, beauty, and skill, while the Lady's discourse is decidedly uncourtly and unembodied, even as it, superficially or theatrically, may seem to be more embodied.
She is rather the social equal of the narrator, or is raised to his status rhetorically; as such, to push past her refusal would be decidedly uncourtly. We thus witness a movement quite the opposite of that found in the later, French, pastourelle.
Lo gran disio refers repeatedly to the close relationship between Cino and "Amore" (6, 15, 27, 32), specifying that his soul "sempre andra seguendo Amore" (27), and finding common ground with even the leader of a hostile political regime in their common alliance against the uncourtly Otherness of the villani.
(21) In measured tones he lectures Arthur to avoid the kind of uncourtly, compensatory bluster the King rather nervously directs at him, since such spurious shows of bravery in fact suggest insecurity and lack of bravery (ll.