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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MANNER

"He said he was poor," urged Billy, who had been rather taken with the ease of Arledge's manner.

He had suffered himself to regain something of his old cheerfulness of manner.

"Certainly, Robert," was the reply, but the lawyer's manner showed some surprise.

Those Westerners perform quite in that manner, I assure you.

Have you formed any definite plans about the manner of going?

Your manner reduced me to a groom who opened your carriage door.

Otherwise I may behave in a manner to be regretted in my calmer moments.

The mother's manner was a crushing rebuke to the young man for his audacity.

It must not be supposed that this spring day in the spring places had reformed his manner of delivery.

He had been one of the few as sanguine as Percival—and Blythe's manner now reassured him.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, "kind, sort, variety," from Anglo-French manere, Old French maniere "fashion, method, manner, way; appearance, bearing; custom" (12c., Modern French manière), from Vulgar Latin *manaria (source of Spanish manera, Portuguese maneira, Italian maniera), from fem. of Latin manuarius "belonging to the hand," from manus "hand" (see manual (adj.)). The French word was borrowed by other Germanic languages, e.g. Dutch manier, German manier, Swedish maner.

Meaning "customary practice" is from c.1300. Senses of "way of doing something; a personal habit or way of doing; way of conducting oneself toward others" are from c.1300. Meaning "specific nature, form, way something happens" is mid-14c. Of literature from 1660s. Most figurative meanings derive from the original sense "method of handling" which was extended when the word was used to translate Latin modus "method." Phrase manner of speaking is recorded from 1530s. To the manner born ("Hamlet" I iv.15) generally is used incorrectly and means "destined by birth to be subject to the custom."

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