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nobility

[noh-bil-i-tee] /noʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural nobilities.
1.
the noble class or the body of nobles in a country.
2.
(in Britain) the peerage.
3.
the state or quality of being noble.
4.
nobleness of mind, character, or spirit; exalted moral excellence.
5.
grandeur or magnificence.
6.
noble birth or rank.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English nobilite < Latin nōbilitās. See noble, -ity
Related forms
nonnobility, noun
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  • But the days of subservience to the descendants of long lines of nobility have long gone.
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  • However, the tradition of nobility and royalty was based upon the same.
  • nobility and gentry were allowed to ride the coaches, but not soldiers and peasants.
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  • It is a mastaba tomb, typical of a tomb for nobility of the time.
  • Some say absolute power corrupts absolutely, other say absolute power gives absolute nobility.
  • Privacy was inherent to the nobility of their being and their cause.
  • Her dignity and nobility of character was inspirational.
British Dictionary definitions for nobility

nobility

/nəʊˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a socially or politically privileged class whose titles are conferred by descent or by royal decree
2.
the state or quality of being morally or spiritually good; dignity: the nobility of his mind
3.
(in the British Isles) the class of people holding the titles of dukes, marquesses, earls, viscounts, or barons and their feminine equivalents collectively; peerage
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Word Origin and History for nobility
n.

mid-14c., "quality of being excellent or rare," from Old French nobilite "high rank; dignity, grace; great deed" (12c., Modern French nobilité), and directly from Latin nobilitatem (nominative nobilitas) "celebrity, fame; high birth; excellence, superiority; the nobles," from nobilis "well-known, prominent" (see noble (adj.)). Meaning "quality of being of noble rank or birth" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "noble class collectively" is from 1520s.

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