Definition of Elegancy
1. Noun. (alternative form of elegance) ¹
2. Noun. (humorous) A mock title. ¹
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Definition of Elegancy
1. elegance [n -CIES] - See also: elegance
Medical Definition of Elegancy
1. 1. The state or quality of being elegant; beauty as resulting from choice qualities and the complete absence of what deforms or impresses unpleasantly; grace given by art or practice; fine polish; refinement; said of manners, language, style, form, architecture, etc. "That grace that elegance affords." (Drayton) "The endearing elegance of female friendship." (Johnson) "A trait of native elegance, seldom seen in the masculine character after childhood or early youth, was shown in the General's fondness for the sight and fragrance of flowers." (Hawthorne) 2. That which is elegant; that which is tasteful and highly attractive. "The beautiful wildness of nature, without the nicer elegancies of art." (Spectator) Synonym: Elegance, Grace. Elegance implies something of a select style of beauty, which is usually produced by art, skill, or training, as, elegance of manners, composition, handwriting, etc., elegant furniture, an elegant house, etc. Grace, as the word is here used, refers to bodily movements, and is a lower order of beauty. It may be a natural gift, thus, the manners of a peasant girl may be graceful, but can hardly be called elegant. Origin: L. Elegantia, fr. Elegans, -antis, elegant: cf. F. Elegance. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)
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Literary usage of Elegancy
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. The Letters of Philip Dormer Stanhope, Earl of Chesterfield, with the Characters by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1892)
"... I earnestly recommend to you a particular attention to the propriety and elegancy of your style; employ the best works you can find in the language, ..."
2. The Works of Francis Bacon, Lord Chancellor of England by Francis Bacon, Basil Montagu (1825)
"Neither is it without elegancy that the cause of Endymion is mentioned in the fable, because that it is a thing usual with such as are the favourites of ..."
3. The Letters of the Earl of Chesterfield to His Son by Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield, Philip Stanhope, Eugenia Stanhope, Charles Strachey, Annette Calthrop (1901)
"... and speak passages of plays ; for without a graceful and pleasing enunciation, all your elegancy of style in speaking, is not worth one farthing. ..."