noblesse oblige

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

Definition of noblesse oblige

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

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Examples of noblesse oblige in a Sentence

  1. He was raised to have a strong sense of noblesse oblige.

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noblesse oblige Has French Origins

In French, "noblesse oblige" means literally "nobility obligates." French speakers transformed the phrase into a noun, which English speakers picked up in the 19th century. Then, as now, "noblesse oblige" referred to the unwritten obligation of people from a noble ancestry to act honorably and generously to others. Later, by extension, it also came to refer to the obligation of anyone who is in a better position than others - due, for example, to high office or celebrity - to act respectably and responsibly.

Origin and Etymology of noblesse oblige

French, literally, nobility obligates


NOBLESSE OBLIGE Defined for English Language Learners

noblesse oblige

noun

Definition of noblesse oblige for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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