Definition of Noblesse oblige

1. Noun. The obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically).

Generic synonyms: Duty, Obligation, Responsibility
Language type: French



Definition of Noblesse oblige

1. Noun. The honourable obligation that is the responsibility of those of high rank; in American English this often includes the expectation of benevolent actions such as helping those less fortunate. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Lexicographical Neighbors of Noblesse Oblige

noble element
noble gas
noble gases
noble metal
noble metals
noble rot
nobleite
nobleman
noblemen
nobleness
noblenesses
nobler
nobles
nobless
noblesse
noblesse oblige (current term)
noblesses
noblest
noblewoman
noblewomen
nobley
nobleye
nobleys
nobly
nobodies
nobody
nobody's
nobody's perfect
nobs
nobuddy

Literary usage of Noblesse oblige

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Modern Eloquence by Thomas Brackett Reed, Rossiter Johnson, Justin McCarthy, Albert Ellery Bergh (1900)
"noblesse oblige [Speech of George William Curtis at the Harvard Alumni dinner ... which says to him, noblesse oblige. The youngest scion of the oldest house ..."

2. Chivalry in English Literature: Chaucer, Malory, Spenser and Shakespeare by William Henry Schofield (1912)
"Chaucer writes: "He is gentle who doth gentle deeds." Malory insists: "He who is gentle ought to do gentle deeds"—noblesse oblige. Malory believed in the ..."

3. Marion Fay: A Novel by Anthony Trollope (1882)
"... CHAPTER X. "noblesse oblige." "I QUITE agree," said Hampstead, endeavouring to discuss the matter rationally with his sister, "that her ladyship should ..."

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