from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The condition and manners of an affected “fine lady.”


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  • Like them, little-ladyism will never be eliminated from the ecosystem, in this case Washington's.

    Did She Take The Hill? 2008

  • In the new trailer for Sex & The City, the schlocky ladyism is so thick you can cut it with a knifeâ€then stab it repeatedly till all the puns, and botox jokes, and cliches have bled out and it stops moving.

    The Sex And The City Movie Has A Trailer! | Best Week Ever 2008

  • There was a whiff of that artificial, condescending little-ladyism that is sort of like the cockroach and the spiky horsetail plant, those life forms that have defied the odds and survived intact since remotest prehistoric times, while seemingly hardier creatures were going extinct right and left.

    Did She Take The Hill? 2008

  • Let there be an end of this shy, proud reserve on the one hand, and this shuddering fine ladyism on the other; and we think we shall find both ourselves and the College bettered.

    Lay Morals 2005

  • But her attention was speedily diverted by the squabble going on in the corner; for Fanny, forgetful of her young-ladyism and her sixteen years, had boxed Tom's ears, and Tom, resenting the insult, had forcibly seated her in the coal-hod, where he held her with one hand while he returned the compliment with the other.

    An Old-Fashioned Girl 1950

  • It is true there were some symptoms of fine ladyism that grumbled at washing clothes, grinding sand, and cleaning up dirty dishes; the latter was carried to so great a height that Zoë and Lilly came to me with a flat refusal to wash the breakfast plates.

    Yr Ynys Unyg The Lonely Island Julia de Winton

  • Having freed himself from fine-gentlemanism, he had quite unconsciously fallen the more easily a prey to fine-ladyism; all his conservatism had gone into that, as a man, forced to give up his garden, might cherish one lovely potted plant.

    The Happiest Time of Their Lives Alice Duer Miller 1908

  • 'These common people are most insolent,' said Bell, with an affectation of fine ladyism.

    The Bishop's Secret Fergus Hume 1895

  • But Sheridan's granddaughter was quite the wrong subject for these experiments in fine-ladyism, and she lost no time in replying as follows: --

    Collections and Recollections George William Erskine Russell 1886

  • It was a graceful and characteristic attitude, and it seemed to him affectation -- a piece of her fine-ladyism.

    Eleanor Humphry Ward 1885


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