Charles Buck Theological Dictionary
The plural noun has various significations; as the general way of life, the morals or the habits of any person; also ceremonial behaviour or studied civility. Good manners, according to Swift, is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse. Pride, ill-nature, and want of sense, are the three great sources of ill-manners. Without some one of these defects no man will behave himself ill for want of experience; or of what, in the language of some, is called knowing the world. For the effect that Christianity has on the manners of men, see article CHRISTIANITY.
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Buck, Charles. Entry for 'Manners'. Charles Buck Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/cbd/m/manners.html. 1802.