knight-errantry

  • 1 Knight-errantry — Knight er rant*ry, n.; pl. {Knight errantries}. The character or actions of wandering knights; the practice of wandering in quest of adventures; chivalry; a quixotic or romantic adventure or scheme. [1913 Webster] The rigid guardian [i. e.,… …

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  • 2 knight-errantry — [nīt′er′ən trē] n. pl. knight errantries 1. the behavior or action of a knight errant 2. quixotic behavior …

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  • 3 knight errantry — noun 1. quixotic (romantic and impractical) behavior (Freq. 1) • Syn: ↑quixotism • Hypernyms: ↑idealism 2. (Middle Ages) the code of conduct observed by a knight errant who is wandering in search of deeds of chivalry • …

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  • 4 knight-errantry — knight′ er′rantry n. pl. errantries 1) why the behavior, vocation, or character of a knight errant 2) why quixotic conduct or action • Etymology: 1645–55 …

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  • 5 knight-errantry — /nuyt er euhn tree/, n., pl. knight errantries. 1. the behavior, vocation, or character of a knight errant. 2. quixotic conduct or action. [1645 55; KNIGHT ERRANT + RY] * * * …

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  • 6 knight errantry — Synonyms and related words: bigheartedness, bigness, chivalrousness, chivalry, elevation, errantry, exaltation, generosity, generousness, great heart, greatheartedness, greatness, greatness of heart, heroism, high mindedness, idealism,… …

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  • 7 knight-errantry — noun (plural knight errantries) Date: 1620 1. the practice or actions of a knight errant 2. quixotic conduct …

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  • 8 knight-errantry — /naɪt ˈɛrəntri/ (say nuyt eruhntree) noun (plural knight errantries) 1. conduct or a performance like that of a knight errant. 2. quixotic conduct or action …

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  • 9 knight-errantry — ˈ ̷ ̷ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ noun (plural knight errantries) 1. a. : the character or actions of a knight errant : the practice of wandering in quest of adventures b. : quixotic conduct : a quixotic or romantic adventure or scheme 2 …

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  • 10 knight-errantry — (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Bravery] Syn. boldness, gallantry, chivalry; see courage 1 , strength 1 . 2. [Recklessness] Syn. craziness, quixotism, impetuosity, idealism; see carelessness , idealism 1 , indiscretion 1 …

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  • 11 knight errantry — adj. quixotic, like Don Quixote (chivalrous, romantic, impractical, idealistic) …

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  • 12 knight-errantry — n. Chivalry, knighthood …

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  • 13 knight-errantry — n idealism, Quixotism, visionariness, romanticism, impracticality; rashness, impetuosity, foolhardiness, heedlessness. See knighthood …

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  • 14 Knight-errantries — Knight errantry Knight er rant*ry, n.; pl. {Knight errantries}. The character or actions of wandering knights; the practice of wandering in quest of adventures; chivalry; a quixotic or romantic adventure or scheme. [1913 Webster] The rigid… …

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  • 15 Knight-er-ratic — Knight er rat ic, a. Pertaining to a knight errant or to knight errantry. [R.] Quart. Rev. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 16 knight — n. & v. n. 1 a man awarded a non hereditary title (Sir) by a sovereign in recognition of merit or service. 2 hist. a a man, usu. noble, raised esp. by a sovereign to honourable military rank after service as a page and squire. b a military… …

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  • 17 errantry — Synonyms and related words: Wanderjahr, aberrancy, aberration, afoot and lighthearted, bend, bias, bigheartedness, bigness, branching off, bumming, chivalrousness, chivalry, circuitousness, corner, crook, curve, declination, departure, detour,… …

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  • 18 knight errant — noun a medieval knight wandering in search of chivalrous adventures. Derivatives knight errantry noun …

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  • 19 Errantry — Er rant*ry, n. 1. A wandering; a roving; esp., a roving in quest of adventures. Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. The employment of a knight errant. Johnson. [1913 Webster] || …

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  • 20 errantry — [er′ən trē] n. the condition or behavior of a knight errant; spirit or deeds of chivalry …

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