Merriam-Webster and Oxford Dictionaries give similar definitions of the word courtly:


of a quality befitting the court: elegant


very polite or refined, as befitting a royal court.

Other than that, each source has a slightly different addition. Merriam-Webster adds "insincerely flattering." Can anyone shed light on why that part exists? Can it also be used to describe someone who is overly polite?

Lastly, if you Google "Courtly Definition," it spits out a definition that includes "given to flattery." Can that be used to describe someone who accepted a flirtatious advance? For example, "The amount of chivalry exuded by this well-dressed man rendered the girl courtly."

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    Given to X means inclined to do X. Chivalry did not make the girl inclined to flatter others, it made her receptive to the man's flattery. – StoneyB Apr 28 '17 at 23:53
  • @StoneyB What would be a good sentence using that "given to flattery" definition? – Andre Angelo Apr 28 '17 at 23:55
  • "It is often mentioned as a mark of the personal weakness of an individual that he is susceptible to flattery, or what is st'll worse is given to flattery". (University Chronicle - Volume 3 - Page 106 [books.google.co.in/… – mahmud koya Apr 29 '17 at 0:44
  • @mahmudkoya Haha, maybe I worded that incorrectly. I'm looking for a sentence with the word courtly using that specific part of the definition. – Andre Angelo Apr 29 '17 at 7:22

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