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noblesse obligé

Altruistic, honorable behavior or deeds that are an assumed responsibility of people of nobility or, more broadly, economic privilege. Taken from French, literally meaning "nobility obligates." The president of the tech megacorporation seems fixated on noblesse obligé these days, seemingly spending more time doing volunteer and charity work than actually running his own company.
See also: oblige

noblesse oblige

privilege entails responsibility.
See also: oblige
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The startup was established by royal edict--the oil-rich ruling family of Qatar funds it with grants-and its business model suggests A JAM wants to be a haven for talented reporters that operates out of a sense of noblesse oblige, one without much regard for carving out ad inventory.
After the noblesse oblige statement, "We do not endorse a military coup," the secularist, liberal and leftwing critics of the AKP are quick to point out the mistakes of Morsi.
POSCO Family?s sharing activities are evaluated as a case of Noblesse Oblige in a company taking on its responsibility.
Caption: Noblesse oblige: Councilman Sam Fruscione graciously accepted the apology of Roger Spurback for his posting of an anti-Italian comment on Facebook.
Streisand's return to her roots for two concerts (the second on Saturday night) was a sentimental homecoming and a royal act of noblesse oblige in which a showbusiness monarch regaled the adoring subjects of her native province in a concert that was steeped in Brooklyn lore.
In history books, we read about noblesse oblige - the concept that with prosperity and rank comes the duty of generous treatment of others.
But the sense of noblesse oblige that motivated at least some of the rich in previous generations has apparently gone out of fashion.
"It's a great opportunity for other Jews to network, socialize, make friends in the coaching community." Where the younger guys are eager for the helping hand, the more established ones feel noblesse oblige. "I thought it was really important to try to give back and help young coaches and develop a network," Virginia Tech's Greenberg told me.
Yet all the qualities of leadership, heroism, pride, and noblesse oblige failed him when it really counted.
Having said this, he offers in his weak defense that our survey files are full of reports of lowly everyday customers being treated similarly and, in all-too-rare displays of noblesse oblige, he occasionally talks to these people.
Her heritage gave her a sense of noblesse oblige that her resources were inadequate to support, and she devoted a great deal of time and money to people who, if not exactly unworthy, drained her financially and emotionally.
Despite all his self-deprecating humor, the above quotation suggests there is something of a Victorian noblesse oblige in the intelligent and sensitive Peter Van Buren.
Would you allow me to wire you at least $250 'noblesse oblige' ...
n Suppliers' businesses and financial stability are damaged by the actions of the executives who rudely ignore the obligations imposed by the code of noblesse oblige.
And he is not too fussed about traditional heritage or noblesse oblige. Apparently when he won the election he cracked open a bottle of Graham Beck Brut, a sparkling wine from South Africa, instead of the obligatory Champagne.