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Don Quixote was chivalrous, but delusional.
  courtesy — especially towards women


the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
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chivalry chivalrous chivalrously chivalrousness
More rarely, "chivalry" may reference a group of elite medieval fighters.
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  • Don Quixote was chivalrous, but delusional.
  • It struck her that it was hopeless to look for chivalry in such a man.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room with a View
  • uphold the right, the truth, and true chivalry!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • If it was so easy to lead one’s country in various directions, as if she was a pig on a string, why had he failed to lead her into chivalry, into justice and into peace?
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King

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  • "Chivalrous of you," the Mask says.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • For us a turban is a public symbol of chivalry and Pashtun-ness, and for a man to lose his turban is considered a great humiliation.
    Malala Yousafzai  --  I Am Malala
  • Maybe a really fast, chivalrous soldier out there would beat my estimate.
    Susan Ee  --  Angelfall
  • Out of chivalry when he saw her standing alone.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • Very chivalrous of you, Nate.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • Surely there’s one chivalrous knight, one lord of steadfast heart and courage."
    Sarah J. Maas  --  Throne of Glass

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  • He may have thought he was being chivalrous by catching me, but he should have let me fall.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • For if in the 1940s, long before the dawn of our liberation, the ancient chivalry still prevailed and the plastic June Allysons of a boy’s dreams were demigoddesses with whom one might at most, to use the sociologists’ odious idiom, "pet to climax," I carried self-abnegation to its mad limit and with my beloved Maria did not even try to cop a feel, as they used to say in those days.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Also I haven’t yet learned that chivalry in men is idiocy in women: men can get out of a rescue a lot more easily, once they get into it.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • "Thanks for the chivalry," she said bitterly.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Among the Hidden
  • I was convinced by now that his feelings for Laoghaire were only those of a chivalrous friendship, but I didn’t know what he might do if he knew that his uncle had seduced the girl and got her with child.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He pretended it was an issue of chivalry.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • He was deeply read in books of chivalry and romance.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • This is not to say that either the conduct of war, or the prevailing attitude towards it, has become less bloodthirsty or more chivalrous.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He took the more chivalrous view, however, and preserved her secret.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • They talk to us of the rules of war, of chivalry, of flags of truce, of mercy to the unfortunate and so on.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Jeb was patient; his guiding hand was almost chivalrous.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • She was pretty and soft, and had been chivalrously treated all her days.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • I should be very sorry to think that anyone of our family had not enough honour and chivalry to go to the aid of — er — a lady in distress.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Magician’s Nephew
  • 14 THE EVIDENCE OF THE WEAPON With more vigour than chivalry, A Bouc deposited the fainting lady with her head on the table.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • American chivalry?
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • ’She abandoned them under a delusion,’ he answered; ’picturing in me a hero of romance, and expecting unlimited indulgences from my chivalrous devotion.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • It was no time for pugilistic chivalry and my brother laid him quiet with a kick, and gripped the collar of the man who pulled at the slender lady’s arm.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • There lake and plain smile fair and free, ’Mid rocks their guardian chivalry.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • That was Southern chivalry.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Those are the flowers of Spanish chivalry.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • All that lovely, plumed, stinking chivalry.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • That doesn’t seem to leave a man any margin for chivalry, Vera my dearest.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • A small voice inside Harry’s head answered him: Their daring nerve and chivalry set Gryffindor apart.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • —and looked round for a woodchuck or a skunk to exercise my chivalry upon.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • He chased a crowd of ragged girls, brandishing his unloaded catapult and, when two ragged boys began, out of chivalry, to fling stones at us, he proposed that we should charge them.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • ’You see how it is,’ he said to me, ’where there is no chivalry, there is no amour-propre.’
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • "La, Sir Percy, your chivalry misguides you," said Marguerite, coquettishly, "you forget that you yourself have imported one bundle of goods from France."
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • 44 THE UTILITY OF STOVEPIPES It was evident that without suspecting it, and actuated solely by their chivalrous and adventurous character, our three friends had just rendered a service to someone the cardinal honored with his special protection.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • His closely-shaved head, on which no other hair than the well-known and chivalrous scalping tuft* was preserved, was without ornament of any kind, with the exception of a solitary eagle’s plume, that crossed his crown, and depended over the left shoulder.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Monseigneur (often a most worthy individual gentleman) was a national blessing, gave a chivalrous tone to things, was a polite example of luxurious and shining fife, and a great deal more to equal purpose; nevertheless, Monseigneur as a class had, somehow or other, brought things to this.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I do not believe that it takes a genius to pierce to the heart of a situation to which Southern chivalry once gave, among other things, the mulatto.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • He had nothing in his nature of reticence or of chivalry toward women.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • All the men, even Jonathan, seemed relieved, but it did not seem to me good that they should brave danger and, perhaps lessen their safety, strength being the best safety, through care of me, but their minds were made up, and though it was a bitter pill for me to swallow, I could say nothing, save to accept their chivalrous care of me.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • =========================== He was warrior and mystic, ogre and saint, the fox and the innocent, chivalrous, ruthless, less than a god, more than a man.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • And I know that he’s her favorite; still one can see how chivalrous he is….
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It was impossible to help laughing at the funny conflict between Laurie’s chivalrous reluctance to speak ill of womankind, and his very natural dislike of the unfeminine folly of which fashionable society showed him many samples.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • The whole of the Danish nobility were in attendance; consisting of a noble boy in the wash-leather boots of a gigantic ancestor, a venerable Peer with a dirty face who seemed to have risen from the people late in life, and the Danish chivalry with a comb in its hair and a pair of white silk legs, and presenting on the whole a feminine appearance.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • It struck her that it was hopeless to look for chivalry in such a man.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Room With A View
  • He is a very chivalrous man.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • Was that chivalry?
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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