from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not noble; not of the nobility.
  • n. A person not of noble birth; a citizen or peasant.


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  • Flipping the tables entirely is the non-noble or unsympathetic hero.

    Villains vs. antagonists at SF Novelists

  • Verdi also turns up in the final 45-minute ball scene, in the famous form of a then-unpublished salon waltz to which the Prince dances with Angelica, his nephew's non-noble wife, a reluctant legitimization of the ascendancy of capitalist wealth over hereditary privilege.

    Un Ballo

  • The code word for "takes place in a city and features non-noble characters and everyday concerns" seems to be "low fantasy."

    There's a guy works down the chip shop swears he's Elvish--

  • Then it stretched to empower non-noble citizens who had distinguished themselves in battle, and the value of sovereignal freedom took on overtones of valor, glory, honor and aristocratic responsibility.

    The Three Faces Of Freedom

  • In using the word churlish to describe feminist behavior he doesn't like, this non-noble man who is admonishing Twisty, BitchPhD et al. is saying "be weaker," or "be less like men," or "be more like the wives and daughters of highly ranking men."

    Archive 2006-01-01

  • Becoming a mandarin was the only way the child of a non-noble family could escape this cycle of injustice and fear.

    Wild Swans

  • Perhaps 5 percent of the Spanish population in the sixteenth century were conversos or New Christians, but some 75 percent were non-noble and thus equally excluded from "office, honor, and promotion."

    Blood and Jobs

  • Some late Chou and Ch'in officials of non-noble origin had become wealthy and had acquired land; the same was true for wealthy merchants and finally, some non-noble farmers who were successful in one or another way, bought additional land reaching the size of large holdings.

    A History of China

  • For Shih Lo, after his destruction of Liu Yao, no longer hesitated: ex-slave as he was, and descended from one of the non-noble stocks of the Huns, he made himself emperor of the "Later Chao dynasty" (329-352).

    A History of China

  • In the course of time the lesser clergy found it convenient to confine their attention to the proceedings of the ecclesiastical assemblage known as Convocation; while the lesser nobles, i.e., the poorer and more uninfluential ones, found it to their interest to cast in their lot, not as formerly with the great barons and earls, but with the well-to-do though non-noble knights of the shire.

    The Governments of Europe


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