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adj. no·bler, no·blest
1. Possessing hereditary rank in a political system or social class derived from a feudalistic stage of a country's development.
a. Having or showing qualities of high moral character, such as courage, generosity, or honor: a noble spirit.
b. Proceeding from or indicative of such a character; showing magnanimity: "What poor an instrument / May do a noble deed!" (Shakespeare).
3. Grand and stately in appearance; majestic: "a mighty Spanish chestnut, bare now of leaves, but in summer a noble tree" (Richard Jeffries).
4. Chemistry Inactive or inert.
1. A member of the nobility.
2. A gold coin formerly used in England, worth half of a mark.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin nōbilis; see gnō- in Indo-European roots.]

no′ble·ness n.
no′bly adv.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nobleness - the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conductnobleness - the quality of elevation of mind and exaltation of character or ideals or conduct
honorableness, honourableness - the quality of deserving honor or respect; characterized by honor
high-mindedness, noble-mindedness, idealism - elevated ideals or conduct; the quality of believing that ideals should be pursued
sublimity - nobility in thought or feeling or style
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[ˈnəʊblnɪs] Nnobleza f
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(of person)Adligkeit f; (of birth, rank)Vornehmheit f
(of deed, thought etc)Vornehmheit f; (of person)edle or noble Gesinnung; (= braveness)Heldenhaftigkeit f
(= impressiveness)Stattlichkeit f
(inf: = selflessness) → Großmütigkeit f; (of person)Großmut m, → Edelmut m
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'No Nobleness of soul have I, Like some that in this Age are found!'(Paul blushed in sheer humility, And cast his eyes upon the ground)
If "nobleness enkindleth nobleness," so does enthusiasm beget enthusiasm, and so do wit and talent enkindle wit and talent.
"Nelson's nobleness of mind was a prominent and beautiful part of his character.
And at his side let us place the just man in his nobleness and simplicity, wishing, as Aeschylus says, to be and not to seem good.
The comte was seated at a table covered with papers and books; he was still the noble, handsome gentleman of former days, but time had given to this nobleness and beauty a more solemn and distinct character.
Now I know that no one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
We have to slay pride in giants, envy by generosity and nobleness of heart, anger by calmness of demeanour and equanimity, gluttony and sloth by the spareness of our diet and the length of our vigils, lust and lewdness by the loyalty we preserve to those whom we have made the mistresses of our thoughts, indolence by traversing the world in all directions seeking opportunities of making ourselves, besides Christians, famous knights.
She had an Italian cast of countenance and bearing, large black eyes beneath their well arched brows, a native nobleness, and candid grace.
In spite of himself the king could not but admire her; he was overpowered by the passionate energy of her voice; by the nobleness of the cause she advocated.
For all thou dost and hast done to blight and curse the nobleness of his nature, I have done and shall continue to do all in my power to controvert.
To be so easily satisfied, so very moderate on that account, is a proof of the soundness of your understanding, as well as the nobleness of your mind." "Not so very moderate, young gentleman, not so very moderate," answered the father.--"Still more and more noble," replied Jones; "and give me leave to add, sensible: for sure it is little less than madness to consider money as the sole foundation of happiness.
Stephen had the fibre of nobleness in him that vibrated to her appeal; but in the same moment--how could it be otherwise?--that pleading beauty gained new power over him.