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courtesy (usu. 3 syll., but in a few instances 2 syll., where old edd. have “curtsie, cursie,” mod. edd. “court'sy, curt'sy, curtsy”)
1. good manners MND. III. ii. 147 “If you were civil and knew ” ; sense of what good manners require Mer.V. V. i. 217 “I was beset with shame and ”
2. obeisance, bow (freq.) LLL. I. ii. 67, Troil. II. iii. 115 “The elephant hath joints but none for ” ; a common phr. was “to make ” Ado II. i. 57, AYL. Epil. 24; fig. Meas. II. iv. 176 (cf. Lr. III. vii. 26 ‘yield to wrath’).
3. “ of nations,” usage of civilized peoples AYL. I. i. 49.
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