- s refined or imposing in manner or appearance; befitting a royal court
a courtly gentleman
- But along with that post, Cochran has gained the trust of the Administration and Capitol Hill for his quiet, courtly manner that is evident whether he is playing the piano in .
- But control of the panel moves from the courtly, bland and ineffectual Democrat Claiborne Pell of Rhode Island to the reactionary Helms, who promises to let few Administration .
- Neither did Eduard Shevardnadze, the courtly head of state who has been struggling to hold Georgia together since he took office last year.
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When I first came to Washington in 1969, one of the first members of Congress I met and talked to was George Mahon, a courtly, laconic conservative Southern Democrat who happened to be chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. We talked about the committee and its traditions, and he said to me, "If you want to know anything and everything about appropriations, read the Fenno book."
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- Victor Navasky in Indianapolis Star
In real life, Newman was "the quintessence of class, courtly without being old-fashioned," said Victor Navasky, former editor of the Nation, a liberal magazine in which Newman invested and wrote occasional columns.
- Donald Fehr in USA Today
He had a really good sense of what the right and what the appropriate result should be,Fehr said. "He was courteous almost to the point of being courtly."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson in Commentary
We have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe,Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in 1837. "We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds."