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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]
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.
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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