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14th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English gentrise, borrowed from Anglo-French genterise, alteration (by l/r exchange) of gentelise, from gentil gentle entry 1 + -ise, suffix of abstract nouns (going back to Latin -itia)
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to express emotion in a dramatic way
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