E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Reproof Valiant (The).
Sir, allow me to tell you that is not the truth. To use Touchstones illustration: If a courtier tells me my beard is not well cut, and I answer, That is not true, I give him the reply valiant, which is the fourth remove from the lie direct, or rather, the lie direct in the fourth degree.
The reproof valiant, the countercheck quarrel-some, the lie circumstantial, and the lie direct, are not clearly defined by Touchstone. The following, perhaps, will give the distinction required: That is not true; How dare you utter such a falsehood; If you said so, you are a liar; You are a liar, or you lie.