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chivalry

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Etymology

Middle English < Old French word chevalerie. Derived from Medieval Latin caballerius and Late Latin caballarius meaning horseman, and caballus meaning horse.

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  • IPA: /ˈʃɪvəlri/, SAMPA: /"SIv@lri/

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chivalry

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  1. An ethical code prevalent in Medieval Europe; the honor code of the knight, having such primary virtues as mercy towards the poor and oppressed, humility, honor, sacrifice, fear of God, faithfulness, courage and utmost graciousness and courtesy to ladies.
  2. Courteous behavior, especially that of men towards women.

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