from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Benevolent, honorable behavior considered to be the responsibility of persons of high birth or rank.
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- n. 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the obligation of those of high rank to be honorable and generous (often used ironically)
He found, with rare and mythical exceptions, that there was no noblesse oblige among the business and financial supermen.
Something always held her back -- some vague blend of noble and ignoble motives, of pride and masochism and noblesse oblige and the Spartan Boy and Kate Barlass and a quite unreasonable feeling of hostility towards the white-veiled, white-coated young woman who hovered all the time behind Mr. Hinchley waiting for him to say "Double-ended spatula" or "Pink wax."
Power: including rank over Dudley Smith and the noblesse oblige to make an afternoon of shitwork with Buzz Meeks tolerable.
(I was already feeling the superiority of my Nosferatitude, so it only seemed appropriate that I go all noblesse oblige on his ass.)