dalliance

Part of speech: noun

The act of dallying; fondling; social chat.

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Usage examples "dalliance":

  1. Swift upon such discoveries, she would execute a flank march across the few steps of garden and steal into the house, noiselessly ascend the stairs, and catch the offender red- handed at this public dalliance. - "Miss Mapp", Edward Frederic Benson.
  2. Their sacrifice of character to situation, their devotion to theatrical effectiveness, their lack of moral purpose, their dalliance with the artificial and abnormal aspects of passion, and their disregard for the limits of blank verse, all these characteristics furnished examples eagerly followed by the dramatists of the next generation, examples that did not promote in tragedy a true or comprehensive or noble reflection of life. - "Tragedy", Ashley H. Thorndike.
  3. They met Celia's; and there was something latent in their brown depths which prompted him, after a brief dalliance of interchanging glances, to look again at the swings. - "The Damnation of Theron Ware", Harold Frederic.