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Al-Jazari’s courtly mechanical servants and the killer sentries in imaginative literature share a link to surveillance, foreshadowing another purpose to which AI and robots have often been turned.

Sentries and guards keep watch and discern friend from foe, while courtly servants operate in ritualized, hierarchical environments where people are under constant scrutiny.

The Turkish crescent—a pole with metal jangles—shook both on the battlefield and in courtly ceremonies.

Who was the most erotic poet of the late Renaissance and early Baroque, when the quatrain reached its courtly zenith?

Blumenthal, a courtly gentleman of 68 in a perfectly crisp blue shirt, gets laughs by trotting out his rudimentary Spanish.

The driver, Amadou Diallo, was a courtly African immigrant who made it a point to wear a tie as he worked.

Merivel By Rose Tremain In the sequel to Restoration, Robert Merivel is back, now in middle age, with another courtly farce.

From a long-awaited sequel to a courtly farce, to a memoir of a childhood spent in the ruins of American aristocracy.

He was greatly admired for his fine physique and courtly bearing, and yet but few sought his acquaintance.

Reining in his horse, he dismounted, and making what he thought a most courtly bow, he bade her good evening.

He spoke her own tongue fluently, and never in Constantinople had she met a gentleman more at his ease in courtly company.

But, first, shall I not buy you a book—some exquisite book full of strange perfumes and passionate courtly gestures?

Until quite recently a courtly, aristocratic art had shed its light upon the whole of Europe.


On this page you'll find 74 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to courtly, such as: affable, aristocratic, civilized, dignified, elegant, and gallant.

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