noblesse oblige

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French noblesse oblige (literally nobility obliges), primarily used as a phrase. See noblesse and obliger.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

noblesse oblige (uncountable)

  1. The honourable obligation that is the responsibility of those of high rank; in American English this often includes the expectation of benevolent actions such as helping those less fortunate.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The Oxford English Dictionary says that the term “suggests noble ancestry constrains to honourable behavior; privilege entails to responsibility”. Being a noble meant that you had responsibilities to lead, manage, etc. You were not to simply spend your time in idle pursuits.

Translations[edit]


French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Literally “nobility obliges”. See noblesse and obliger.

Pronunciation[edit]

Phrase[edit]

noblesse oblige

  1. Noble or more generally high-ranked people have honourable obligations towards lower-ranked or less fortunate ones, and should behave nobly towards them.

Noun[edit]

noblesse oblige m (uncountable)

  1. noblesse oblige (the honourable obligation that is the responsibility of those of high rank)

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French noblesse oblige (literally nobility obliges), primarily used as a phrase.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /noˌblɛs oˈbliʒ/

Phrase[edit]

noblesse oblige

  1. Noble or more generally high-ranked people have honourable obligations towards lower-ranked or less fortunate ones, and should behave nobly towards them.

Synonyms[edit]

Noun[edit]

noblesse oblige m (uncountable)

  1. noblesse oblige (the honourable obligation that is the responsibility of those of high rank)

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French noblesse oblige (literally nobility obliges), primarily used as a phrase.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

noblesse oblige m or f (in variation) (uncountable)

  1. noblesse oblige (the honourable obligation that is the responsibility of those of high rank)