Article of the Day: Gentleman

Article of the Day:

In English law, a gentleman was one who bore a coat of armor, was entitled to bear arms, and ranked above yeomen. However, by the 19th century, the word’s association with social rank had diminished, and rather than signify a distinction of blood, the term came to describe a man who is cultured, courteous, and well-educated. Today, it is often used, alongside “lady,” to emphasize norms expected in polite society. What qualities are associated with the Confucian “gentleman,” the junzi? More…:

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