from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being manful; boldness; nobleness.

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  • noun The state of being manful

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  • noun the trait of being manly; having the characteristics of an adult male


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manful +‎ -ness


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  • I found the correction on Pound's use of the word "manfulness" very helpful.

    Pound on the Socratic Method

  • And Tom was becoming a new boy, though with frequent tumbles in the dirt and perpetual hard battle with himself, and was daily growing in manfulness and thoughtfulness, as every high-couraged and well-principled boy must, when he finds himself for the first time consciously at grips with self and the devil.

    Tom Brown's Schooldays

  • The young Englishman was cordially sorry, full of concern and personal disappointment, abandoning his own absorbing affairs, and devoting his whole attention to the unfortunate exigency which Lorne dragged out of his breast, in pure manfulness, to lay before him.

    The Imperialist

  • Rude stubborn self - help here; a whole world of squalor, rudeness, confused misery and want, yet of nobleness and manfulness withal.

    English Literature for Boys and Girls

  • That last remark was an unfortunate one, for it brought the speaker back consciously to confront the images which were constantly lurking round him -- only hid when he commanded them out of sight in the manfulness of a spirit that would not be interfered with in its work.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 11, No. 23, February, 1873

  • The servant brought rest and charm into that flat; and George went half-daily to a near-by school, taking himself to and fro with the utmost manfulness.

    Married Life The True Romance

  • Afterwards she knew it to have been pride -- pride in his great masterly manfulness; in a judgment so sure of itself that it dallied not a moment in stating the terms upon which all future happiness might hang.

    The Cow Puncher

  • ‘“Friends, forasmuch as in sorrow we are not all unlearned, truly this is no greater woe that is upon us, 1 than when the Cyclops penned us by main might in his hollow cave; yet even thence we made escape by my manfulness, even by my counsel and my wit, and some day I think that this adventure too we shall remember.

    Book XII

  • This is merely the financial measure of progress; the genuine achievements of McCormick's invention are millions of acres of productive land and a farming population which is without parallel elsewhere for its prosperity, intelligence, manfulness, and general contentment.

    The Age of Big Business; a chronicle of the captains of industry

  • He then bore the dishonor of kilts with what manfulness he could and with a creed which was recited something like this:

    A Melody in Silver


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