Antonyms for noblesse

Grammar : Noun

Definition of noblesse

Origin :
  • early 13c., "noble birth or condition," from Old French noblece "noble birth, splendor, magnificence" (Modern French noblesse), from Vulgar Latin *nobilitia, from Latin nobilis (see noble (adj.)). French phrase noblesse oblige "privilege entails responsibility" is attested in English first in 1837.
  • noun nobility
Example sentences :
  • Despairing of the noblesse he went among the bourgeoisie with that hope.
  • Extract from : « Night and Morning, Complete » by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It cannot be the destruction of the noblesse, for they are noble.
  • Extract from : « Gerald Fitzgerald » by Charles James Lever
  • The Burman's motto should be Noblesse oblige; he knows the meaning, if he knows not the words.
  • Extract from : « The Soul of a People » by H. Fielding
  • He likened the king to the sun and the "noblesse" to the moon.
  • Extract from : « The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2) » by Henry Martyn Baird
  • But this is only the Brussels of the noblesse and the foreigners.
  • Extract from : « Wisdom, Wit, and Pathos of Ouida » by Ouida
  • James, perhaps least of all the Stuarts, illustrated the principle of noblesse oblige.
  • Extract from : « Andrew Melville » by William Morison
  • Noblesse oblige, my dear, and you have proved it so to-night.
  • Extract from : « The Lady and the Pirate » by Emerson Hough
  • The negative side of noblesse oblige is more important than the positive.
  • Extract from : « Folkways » by William Graham Sumner
  • Thus the causes of wealth and noblesse are not the same; but opposite.
  • Extract from : « The Crown of Wild Olive » by John Ruskin
  • Riches—so far from being necessary to noblesse—are adverse to it.
  • Extract from : « The Crown of Wild Olive » by John Ruskin

Synonyms for noblesse

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