Definitions for noblesse obligenoʊˈblɛs oʊˈbliʒ

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  1. noblesse oblige(noun)

    the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)

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  1. noblesse oblige(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.

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  1. Noblesse oblige

    Noblesse oblige is a French phrase literally meaning "nobility obliges". The Dictionnaire de l’Académie française defines it thus: ⁕Whoever claims to be noble must conduct himself nobly. ⁕ One must act in a fashion that conforms to one's position, and with the reputation that one has earned. The Oxford English Dictionary says that the term "suggests noble ancestry constrains to honorable behavior; privilege entails to responsibility." Being a noble meant that one had responsibilities to lead, manage and so on. One was not to simply spend one's time in idle pursuits.


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