noblesse obligenoblesse o·blige
the assumed obligation of people of high rank or social position to behave nobly or kindly toward others
Origin of noblesse obligeFr, literally , nobility obliges
Benevolent, honorable behavior considered to be the responsibility of persons of high birth or rank.
Origin of noblesse obligeFrench nobility is an obligation noblesse nobility oblige third person sing. present tense of obliger to obligate
- The Oxford English Dictionary says that the term "suggests noble ancestry constrains to honourable behavior; privilege entails to responsibility." Being a noble meant that you had responsibilities to lead, manage, etc. You were not to simply spend your time in idle pursuits.