noblesse oblige

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noblesse o·blige

Benevolent, honorable behavior considered to be the responsibility of persons of high birth or rank.

[French, nobility is an obligation : noblesse, nobility + oblige, third person sing. present tense of obliger, to obligate.]

noblesse oblige

(nəʊˈblɛs əʊˈbliːʒ; French nɔblɛs ɔbliʒ)
often ironic the supposed obligation of nobility to be honourable and generous
[French, literally: nobility obliges]

no•blesse o•blige

(noʊˈblɛs oʊˈbliʒ)
the moral obligation of the rich or highborn to display honorable and generous conduct.
[1830–40; < French: literally, nobility obliges]

noblesse oblige

A French phrase meaning nobility obliges, used to mean the type of honorable behavior that is supposed to be incumbent on people of rank or privilege.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.noblesse oblige - the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)
duty, obligation, responsibility - the social force that binds you to the courses of action demanded by that force; "we must instill a sense of duty in our children"; "every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty"- John D.Rockefeller Jr
French - the Romance language spoken in France and in countries colonized by France
References in classic literature ?
An adventurer like Lemuel Struthers might build up the millions of his Shoe Polish on any number of shady dealings; but unblemished honesty was the noblesse oblige of old financial New York.
He found, with rare and mythical exceptions, that there was no noblesse oblige among the business and financial supermen.
She picked at the darned table-cloth and went on: "You look as if you knew what isn't snobbery as well as what is; and when I say that ours is a good old family, you'll understand it is a necessary part of the story; indeed, my chief danger is in my brother's high-and-dry notions, noblesse oblige and all that.
More likely he acquired his reverse noblesse oblige by training from his father who, according to Trump biographer Harry Hurt III, raised young Donald to become "a killer" and told him "you are king".
The Trade Union Bill destroys the myth of blue bloods caring for bluecollar Britons, Conservative noblesse oblige in the 21st century, as much if not more than the great tax credit grab.
Though the central character is overly idealistic and hyperbolic, but at the same time he is also the personification of certain virtues like high-mindedness, justice, courage, optimism, tenacity, resolution, and a sense of noblesse oblige - the ideals not only worth reflecting upon but worthy of emulation.
In keeping with our traditions, the Orders established a fundraising-community outreach program known as Noblesse Oblige Charities, which is based on the belief that every individual has a potential Noble within them.
Oroszko, who obviously relishes the opportunity to play a character not weighed down with dramatic noblesse oblige, is a tipsy delight in the role of teetotaler Jean, who is driven to consume a prodigious amount of alcohol -- even the cooking sherry -- by Henry's wild plans and insane fabrications.
Employing a disconcertingly breezy style that conveys the tenor of their former life, "The Maid," by Goli Taraghi, depicts a privileged family left bewildered when their servants desert them in the aftermath of the revolution, and noblesse oblige is insufficient when long-simmering resentments surface.
For Tories, there was often a sense of noblesse oblige.
He hoped to instill in the Spanish settlers at least a philosophy of noblesse oblige, a paternal attitude toward the natives whose labor constituted the most genuine and permanent wealth of the country.
Ambition, yes, but an ambition based upon service to the nation's well-being, many guided by a noblesse oblige that now seems a musty anachronism consigned to our distant past.