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elegancy


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Elegance  \El"e*gance\,  Elegancy  \El"e*gan*cy\,  n.  [L.  elegantia 
  fr  elegans,  -antis,  elegant:  cf  F.  ['e]l['e]gance.] 
  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. 
 
  Syn:  {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.