Courtesy

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Courtesy

Boy Scouts
youth organization, ever ready to perform good deeds. [Am. Hist.: Jameson, 59]
Castiglione, Baldassare
(1478–1529) author of The Courtier, Renaissance bible of etiquette. [Ital. Lit.: Plumb, 316–319]
Dickon
one of “nature’s gentlemen.” [Children’s Lit.: The Secret Garden]
Post, Emily
(1873–1960) etiquette book author; preaches “consideration for others.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 277]
Shem and Japheth
cover father’s nakedness without looking at him. [O.T.: Genesis 9:23–27]
References in classic literature ?
My lord, of all the gracious courtesies That you have showered on my barren house This is the highest.
Whatever cross-accidents had occurred to intercept the pleasures of her nieces, she had found a morning of complete enjoyment; for the housekeeper, after a great many courtesies on the subject of pheasants, had taken her to the dairy, told her all about their cows, and given her the receipt for a famous cream cheese; and since Julia's leaving them they had been met by the gardener, with whom she had made a most satisfactory acquaintance, for she had set him right as to his grandson's illness, convinced him that it was an ague, and promised him a charm for it; and he, in return, had shewn her all his choicest nursery of plants, and actually presented her with a very curious specimen of heath.
After the usual courtesies had been rendered, and the ceremony completed, the procession slowly resumed the road to Paris.