What is gentleman?

  • (noun): A man of refinement.
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The term gentleman (from Latin gentilis, belonging to a race or gens, and man, cognate with the French word gentilhomme, the Spanish Caballero, the Italian gentil uomo or gentiluomo and the Portuguese gentil-homem), in its original and strict signification, denoted a man of the lowest rank of the English gentry, standing below an esquire and above a yeoman.

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Gentleman - Modern Usage
... The word gentleman as an index of rank had already become of doubtful value before the great political and social changes of the 19th century gave to ... In the 5th edition (1815), "a gentleman is one, who without any title, bears a coat of arms, or whose ancestors have been freemen." In the 7th edition (1845) it still implies a definite social status "All above ... In its best use, moreover, gentleman involves a certain superior standard of conduct, due, to quote the 8th edition once more, to "that self-respect and intellectual refinement which manifest ...
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... Gentleman Ghost loots a city in the middle of a Day of the Dead celebration, and fights Batman and Plastic Man ... a second episode "Dawn of the Deadman!", Gentleman Ghost manages to bury Batman alive, and later uses artifacts related to executions (a quill which signed death sentences, a key to ... The vengeful army betrays Gentleman Ghost, and buries him along with them after Batman destroys one of the artifacts ...

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    I have been told lately that Fuseli was travelling by coach and a gentleman opposite him said: “I understand, Mr. Fuseli, that you are a painter; it may interest you to know that I have a daughter who paints on velvet.”
    Fuseli rose instantly and said in a strong foreign accent, “Let me get out.”
    Samuel Butler (1835–1902)

    In the game of “Whist for two,” usually called “Correspondence,” the lady plays what card she likes: the gentleman simply follows suit. If she leads with “Queen of Diamonds,” however, he may, if he likes, offer the “Ace of Hearts”: and, if she plays “Queen of Hearts,” and he happens to have no Heart left, he usually plays “Knave of Clubs.”
    Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832–1898)

    I look upon England today as an old gentleman who is travelling with a great deal of baggage, trumpery which has accumulated from long housekeeping, which he has not the courage to burn.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)