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noblesse oblige

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noun no·blesse oblige \nō-ˈbles-ə-ˈblēzh\

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

  1. :  the obligation of honorable, generous, and responsible behavior associated with high rank or birth

Examples of noblesse oblige

  1. 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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