noblesse noblesse  /noʊb ˈlɛs/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) the state of being of noble birth
  2. (n) members of the nobility (especially of the French nobility)

Usage(s):

  1. Fueled by noblesse oblige and municipal pride, a wealthy local won't need to squeeze the last dollar out of the business.
  2. But they regarded him as an essentially decent man, a reluctant politician struggling to live up to his inheritance of noblesse oblige.
  3. Cory's natural air of authority and her sense of noblesse oblige were, in a way, her birthright as a child, the sixth of eight, of Jose and Demetria Cojuangco.

News

  • South Korean Man Poses as HMS Grad to Woo Fiancée and Take Her Money

    Harvard students are notoriously wary of "dropping the H-bomb" in everyday life, and our collegiate version of noblesse oblige—the old “I go to school in Cambridge”—has become proverbial . But, at least in some countries, fans of the the Crimson seem to have fewer qualms about name dropping—especially if they’ve never set foot at Harvard.
    on September 21, 2013     Source: The Harvard Crimson

Quotes

  1. "Bush's relationship with Rice is perhaps the strangest of his many relationships," Sidney Blumenthal wrote in a September 2006 article for Salon.com. "The mysterious attachment involves complex transactions of noblesse oblige and deference,...
    on Feb 7, 2007 By: Sidney Blumenthal Source: ISN

  2. Remnick concluded his piece by writing: "A man with Bloomberg's sense of noblesse oblige should know that there is something unseemly about waltzing into the Presidential race, or even hinting at it, for no reason more compelling than that he can...
    on Jan 10, 2008 By: David Remnick Source: FOXNews

  3. Rupert Murdoch said the theme of his mother's life was "her constant work for others, which goes on as she practises her true noblesse oblige".
    on Feb 6, 2009 By: Rupert Murdoch Source: Adelaide Advertiser

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