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noblesse oblige -- (French)
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  • Speaking judiciously, as one related to the church by marriage, Mrs. Warren gave verdict: "I’m sure we’re all heartily in accord with Mrs. Kennicott in feeling that wherever genuine poverty is encountered, it is not only noblesse oblige but a joy to fulfil our duty to the less fortunate ones.

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  • As for you and me, noblesse oblige’—he watched me narrowly.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • His sense of noblesse oblige will cost him his life at the hands of Patroklos.
    Homer  --  The Iliad

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