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Princeton's WordNet

  1. noblyadverb

    in a noble manner

    "she has behaved nobly"


  1. noblyadverb

    In a noble manner.

    In the end he died nobly, trying to save the lives of others.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Noblyadverb

    Etymology: from noble.

    Only a second laurel did adorn
    His Collegue Catulus, tho’ nobly born;
    He shar’d the pride of the triumphal bay,
    But Marius won the glory of the day. Dryden.

    Did he not straight the two delinquents tear,
    That were the slaves of drink and thralls of sleep?
    Was not that nobly done? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This fate he could have ’scap’d, but would not lose
    Honour for life; but rather nobly chose
    Death from their fears, than safety from his own. John Denham.

    There could not have been a more magnificent design than that of Trajan’s pillar. Where could an emperor’s ashes have been so nobly lodged, as in the midst of his metropolis, and on the top of so exalted a monument. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. nobly

    Nobly is an adverb that describes the manner of performing any action in a noble way. It refers to doing something with great courage, high moral qualities, dignity, generosity, honor, or outstanding excellence; in a way that is superior to what is common or usual.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Noblyadverb

    of noble extraction; as, nobly born or descended

  2. Noblyadverb

    in a noble manner; with greatness of soul; heroically; with magnanimity; as, a deed nobly done

  3. Noblyadverb

    splendidly; magnificently

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nobly in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nobly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of nobly in a Sentence

  1. Marcus Aurelius:

    Shall any man hate me? That will be his affair. But I will be mild and benevolent toward every man, and ready to show even him his mistake, not reproachfully, nor yet as making a display of my endurance, but nobly and honestly.

  2. Joe Votel:

    I think the vast majority of U.S. military officers and soldiers served honorably and nobly, answered the nation's call in a time of need. And I think we should take pride in that. And I think they attempted to do that. That this did not turn out the way that we all hoped it would be, I think doesn't diminish that. But certainly, the - you know, there will be a level of accountability that we'll have to accept with this.

  3. Mahabharata:

    The good to others kindness show, And from them no return exact; The best and greatest men, they know, Thus ever nobly love to act.*

  4. Pope Francis:

    We must resolve now to live as nobly and as justly as possible, as we educate new generations not to turn their back on our 'neighbors' and everything around us, building a nation calls us to recognize that we must constantly relate to others, rejecting a mindset of hostility in order to adopt one of reciprocal subsidiarity in a constant effort to do our best.

  5. Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton:

    Dream manfully and nobly, and thy dreams shall be prophets.

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