Definitions for: Nobility

[n] the quality of being exalted in character or ideals or conduct
[n] a privileged class holding hereditary titles
[n] the state of being of noble birth

Webster (1913) Definition: No*bil"i*ty, n. [L. nobilitas: cf. OF. nobilit['e].
See Noble.]
1. The quality or state of being noble; superiority of mind
or of character; commanding excellence; eminence.

Though she hated Amphialus, yet the nobility of her
courage prevailed over it. --Sir P.

They thought it great their sovereign to control,
And named their pride nobility of soul. --Dryden.

2. The state of being of high rank or noble birth; patrician
dignity; antiquity of family; distinction by rank,
station, or title, whether inherited or conferred.

I fell on the same argument of preferring virtue to
nobility of blood and titles, in the story of
Sigismunda. --Dryden.

3. Those who are noble; the collictive body of nobles or
titled persons in a stste; the aristocratic and patrician
class; the peerage; as, the English nobility.

Synonyms: aristocracy, grandeur, magnanimousness, noblesse

See Also: aristocrat, baronage, blue blood, elite, Ferdinand and Isabella, high-mindedness, honorableness, honourableness, idealism, knighthood, lords temporal, noble-mindedness, noblesse, patrician, peerage, position, purple, samurai, second estate, status, sublimity, the sublime, William and Mary

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