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Meaning of noblesse oblige

no•blesse o•blige

Pronunciation: (nō-bles' ō-blēzh' Fr. nô-bles' ô-blēzh'), [key]
  1. the moral obligation of those of high birth, powerful social position, etc., to act with honor, kindliness, generosity, etc.
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