Simple Definition of noblesse oblige
: the idea that people who have high social rank or wealth should be helpful and generous to people of lower rank or to people who are poor
Full Definition of noblesse oblige
: the obligation of honorable, generous, and responsible behavior associated with high rank or birth
Examples of noblesse oblige
He was raised to have a strong sense of noblesse oblige.
Origin of noblesse oblige
French, literally, nobility obligates
First Known Use: 1837
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