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noble

1. of or relating to a hereditary class with special social or political status, often derived from a feudal period
2. Chem
a. (of certain elements) chemically unreactive
b. (of certain metals, esp copper, silver, and gold) resisting oxidation
3. Falconry
a. designating long-winged falcons that capture their quarry by stooping on it from above
b. designating the type of quarry appropriate to a particular species of falcon
4. a person belonging to a privileged social or political class whose status is usually indicated by a title conferred by sovereign authority or descent
5. (in the British Isles) a person holding the title of duke, marquess, earl, viscount, or baron, or a feminine equivalent
6. a former Brit gold coin having the value of one third of a pound
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Most men have learned to read to serve a paltry convenience, as they have learned to cipher in order to keep accounts and not be cheated in trade; but of reading as a noble intellectual exercise they know little or nothing; yet this only is reading, in a high sense, not that which lulls us as a luxury and suffers the nobler faculties to sleep the while, but what we have to stand on tip-toe to read and devote our most alert and wakeful hours to.
He was to be saved for nobler sport than this, and the first wave of their passion having subsided they contented themselves with crying out taunts and insults and spitting upon him.
He had been a hard worker, a daring speculator with nerves of iron, and courage which would have glorified a nobler cause.
I have found occupation, and am proud of what I am doing and consider it nobler than the pursuits of my former companions at court and in the army.
The prophecy of Carlyle had come true, when he said that "men cannot now be bound to men by brass collars; you will have to bind them by other far nobler and cunninger methods.
Aglaya may be a wild sort of a girl, but she is far nobler than any of us, a thousand times nobler
He further stated that as the People of that Indian Ocean nation commemorate this historic occasion, Liberians are fervently praying that the Mauritian President will continue to be endowed with wisdom and the vitality required to lead her people to nobler heights.
He dreams of a nobler future, but the people around him are doubtful that he can get there.
The arts strengthen the intellect and the spirit, making us nobler humans who rely less on materialistic and more on spiritual characteristics," said the organisers.
Nothing is nobler than laying one's life in defence of the motherland".
It is the story of a nation, which fought to end tyranny and to create a better and nobler democracy in its ashes.
Supported by current theories in science studies, critical theory, and religious naturalism, this concept, as "Black Lives and Sacred Humanity" offers a capacious view of humans as interconnected, social, value-laden organisms with the capacity to transform themselves and create nobler worlds wherein all sentient creatures flourish.