Nobility

No*bil"i*ty

(?), n. [L. nobilitas: cf. OF. nobilit. See Noble.] 1. The quality or state of being noble; superiority of mind or of character; commanding excellence; eminence.
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Though she hated Amphialus, yet the nobility of her courage prevailed over it.
Sir P. Sidney.
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They thought it great their sovereign to control,
And named their pride nobility of soul.
Dryden.
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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.
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I fell on the same argument of preferring virtue to nobility of blood and titles, in the story of Sigismunda.
Dryden.
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3. Those who are noble; the collective body of nobles or titled persons in a state; the aristocratic and patrician class; the peerage; as, the English nobility.
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