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courtly (2 “courtlike” is also used Wiv. II. ii. 242)
1. belonging to or connected with the court All'sW. III. iv. 14 “ friends,” 2H6 I. i. 27 “ company.”
2. befitting the court, elegant, refined AYL. III. ii. 73 “too a wit,” Troil. III. i. 31, Cym. III. v. 71.
3. (in an unfavourable sense) characteristic of the false manners of courtiers Tim. V. i. 30 “To promise is most courtly.”
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