nobiliary particle


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nobiliary particle

n.
A preposition used as a mark of noble rank before a surname, as German von in Wernher von Braun and French de in Simone de Beauvoir
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nobiliary particle

n
a preposition, such as French de or German von, occurring as part of a title or surname: Marquis de Sade.
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nobiliary particle, such as "de" or "des"], why the contraction of "ebv" into "ev"?
It was the time of the Rastignacs and Rubempres immortalized by Balzac's novelsthe ambitious nouveaux riches who dreamt of restoring a "pure" aristocracy while exchanging favors in bedchambers and adding nobiliary particles to their names in order to erase their own plebeian "impurity." The culture of the salons was a mockery of the Ancien Regime's court culture: a culture of corruption played out in the name of ideals that Baudelaire would soon call satanisme badinlighthearted Satanism.