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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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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.
Sadly, these rude individuals - the corporate executives, directors, lawyers, accountants - need to be reminded of noblesse oblige, or that rank, their rank specifically, compels obligation.
And he is not too fussed about traditional heritage or noblesse oblige.
This sets up the next chapter, "Eduard's Egotism," which takes the main male protagonist to task for maintaining the outer form of aristocratic paternalism without engaging in its underlying code of noblesse oblige.
A lord was expected to assist those who served him through a form of noblesse oblige which extended beyond securing offices or supporting legal action into a code of behaviour, hospitality and charity.
Eton encouraged this egomaniac notion of noblesse oblige, of being put on Earth to do something for poorer people.
was looking for solidarity based on noblesse oblige, but Winthrop, Jr.
It is no noblesse oblige that motivated him to shell out extra.
Instead, they came to embody the very essence of noblesse oblige.
The altar of social camaraderie is cluttered with saccharine offerings and cloying displays of noblesse oblige.
Typically, academics see such attempts at outreach as acts of generosity or social consciousness, a kind of noblesse oblige.
The real Stauffenberg was an aristocrat steeped in noblesse oblige, a serious man who held himself accountable to God.
Shattaf Jewellery will raffle off a diamond ring, Noblesse Oblige will donate an elegant Abaya worth Dh17,000 ($4629), and one newlywed couple will spend their honeymoon on the exotic island of Mauritius, courtesy Emirates Holidays.
Shattaf Jewellery will raffle off a diamond ring, Noblesse Oblige will donate an elegant Abaya worth AED17,000, and one newlywed couple will spend their honeymoon on the exotic island of Mauritius, courtesy of Emirates Holidays.
Wilberforce and his aristocratic evangelical colleagues (for example, Henry Thornton, Granville Sharp, John Venn, Hannah More, and Zachary Macaulay), dubbed as "Saints" (123) by their contemporaries and later known as the Clapham Sect, were infused with a combined Christian sense of noblesse oblige and paternalism.