A cavalier attitude toward the suffering of others.
The very dignified officials were confused by his cavalier manner.
An example of cavalier is someone not really caring about receiving an eviction notice.
An example of cavalier is Sir Lancelot.
Origin of cavalier
- French horseman from Old Italian cavaliere from Late Latin caballārius from Latin caballus horse
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 1589, from Middle French cavalier 'horseman', from Old Italian cavaliere (“mounted soldier, knight”), from Old Provençal cavalier, from Late Latin caballārius (“horseman”), from Latin caballus (“horse”), from Gaulish caballos 'nag', variant of cabillos (compare Welsh ceffyl, Breton kefel, Irish capall), akin to German (Swabish) Kōb 'nag' and Old Church Slavonic kobyla 'mare'.