Mitt Romney started off this campaign cycle as a noblesse oblige candidate.
The Romney-Ryan ticket now seems to be all noblesse, no oblige.
What if charity—giving out of love or noblesse oblige or religious commitment—doesn't go far enough?
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.