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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Nobility  \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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  privileged  class  holding  hereditary  titles  [syn:  {aristocracy}] 
  2:  the  quality  of  being  exalted  in  character  or  ideals  or 
  conduct  [syn:  {magnanimousness},  {grandeur}] 
  3:  the  state  of  being  of  noble  birth  [syn:  {noblesse}] 

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