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
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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.
Most historians will surely conclude however that his hasty departure was an appalling abdication of responsibility; the very antithesis of noblesse oblige.
When legislators are pompous asses, the noblesse oblige of the nation is lost.
It conjures up an image, the sort you'd see on the TV as Simon Schama narrated the story of how the fabric of society was wrought asunder by a ruling class more concerned with the consumption of St Estepe than the exercise of noblesse oblige.
But just when such language threatens to drown readers, the authors return with some clarity to their primary point, which is that the church, using the best thinking from the Reformation, must make sure that the poor, needy, marginalized and neglected are not just cared for in a kind of noblesse oblige, paternalistic way but, rather, that they become full partners in the work of the church.
Whether out of noblesse oblige or genuine pleasure, PSG's rivals were quick to express appreciation for the new signing too.
He is brutally frank in calling out promoters who expect independent directors chosen from among friends and acquaintances "to add value by keeping quiet", following the principle of noblesse oblige.
Among the silk-clad upper classes, King Louis XV (Lionel Lingelser) comes off as a slacker full of eccentric noblesse oblige, and Andrew Gower is a delightfully querulous and spoiled Bonnie Prince Charlie.
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".
In short, most Germans appear as victims of the Hitler regime, and the Smiths' German friendships prove noblesse oblige and corroborate the colonel's contention that he was an apolitical soldier.