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Faith's Firm Foundation: 3rd Word of the Week

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

3rd Word of the Week

The word "chivalrous" seemed a very appropriate choice in light of celebrating Valentine's Day yesterday.  (Read my post on "Can You Guess Our Love Languages?" just prior to this one.)  So, what do you think?  Is chivalry really dead?  Do you want your husband to open the door for you?  What about holding your chair, or helping you on with your coat?  Are you training your sons to do these things?  How?

Word of the Week

The 3rd "Word of the Week" is:
Definition:  valiant


adj \ˈshi-vəl-rəs\

Definition of CHIVALROUS

1 : valiant

2 : of, relating to, or characteristic of chivalry and knight-errantry

3 a : marked by honor, generosity, and courtesy

   b : marked by gracious courtesy and high-minded consideration especially to women
— chiv·al·rous·ly adverb

— chiv·al·rous·ness noun

Examples of CHIVALROUS
a kind and chivalrous man
chivalrous behavior, such as holding doors for people;

First Known Use of CHIVALROUS
14th century


Synonyms: big, noble, elevated, gallant, great, greathearted, high, high-minded, lofty, lordly, magnanimous, natural, sublime

Antonyms: base, debased, degenerate, degraded, ignoble, low

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Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

Wendy -
I don't know how I missed last week's word. Sorry about that. I suppose you could announce to the world how forgetful I am, but I know that you will exercise "discretion" and keep it to yourself!!

Chivalrous is a great word! I've got to tell you, my husband is such a gentleman. Even as I type that, I see the word as gentle man. That is what I think of when I see the word "chivalrous." A man who is strong enough to be gentle - and to treat a woman with respect and kindness.

I never quite got the feminist movement - how they complained that chivalry somehow negated their strength. I think a man's politeness to a woman is a great testament to his level of respect for her. It isn't that she's weak, it's that she is to be treasured for her wonderful strengths.

To me, I think God is the ultimate chivalrous lover. He treats us with respect - he's never pushy or rude - but in His strength, He gives His love in a kind and gentle way. He woos us with nobility.

Off my soapbox now!!

Thanks for this - perhaps next week my memory will click in!


February 15, 2011 at 4:26 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

My lovebug is definitely chivalrous.

February 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Child of God said...

I love this word. Makes me think of kings, queens and knights. Of course the King and Knight I think of is Jesus. He is our Saviour and I think there is none other that is as chivalrous as He.


February 15, 2011 at 7:29 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

I loved your "soapbox!! Would you please stand on it more often? A gentleman/gentle man is surely the most chivalrous. You are fortunate to have one for a husband. Strength under control=character. A kind and gentle, courteous man is the strongest of all. I believe it shows strength, courage and a lot of respect when a man courteously opens a door for a lady, or openly treats her in a chivalrous manner. I really like that. We have discouraged men from being men, and have lost some of our femininity and womanlyness in the process.
Thanks again for the word of wisdom!

February 15, 2011 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

What a blessing for those of us who have chivalrous men for husbands! I do, too!

February 15, 2011 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Child of God,
You are so right!! Jesus truly is the epitome of examples in the area of kindness, courtesy, and chivalry.

The strongest man and most loving God: to lay down His life willingly for the sins of us all. Strength, no forcing us to accept His gift, not becoming angry when we reject Him or His gift. Pursuing gently, but persistently, passionately. He is our truest Knight in Shining Armor.
Saving us, loving us.

February 15, 2011 at 11:05 PM  

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