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Nobility

nobility

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. Sidney) 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.

Origin: L. Nobilitas: cf. OF. Nobilite. See Noble.


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... a long time. It has progressively changed since the middle age, and offered the possibility of a career of study and science to those beyond the nobility and the clergy, hence the growing number of non religious scientist. This is what JackBean was pointing out. Nothing more as far as I can see. ...

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by canalon
Mon Nov 22, 2010 4:22 pm
 
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Topic: What did Pastor Darwin reveal and conceal about human origin
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The Fiber Disease

... other, sacrifice of an unprecedented number innocent people including very young children and this on a grant scale - all with consent of the same nobility called the western intelligentia. That people should not judge too early and observe how things may develop. To be without prejudice would ...

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by tamtam
Sat Jul 15, 2006 2:27 pm
 
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New Virus And The Origins Of Life

... than others." Biologists, Claverie says, can no longer view viruses as random assemblages of genes. "We have to confer to these guys a nobility, a genealogy. Not only a genealogy. They are very ancestral, and their ancestors are at least contemporary with ours and those of all present-day ...

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by damien james
Tue Mar 07, 2006 7:04 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: New Virus And The Origins Of Life
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sensory physiology

... would not have hurt either... :evil: And if you really want to give me a title, Dr would be more appropriate than sir, I do not belong to english nobility :wink: But it is really not mandatory Patrick

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by canalon
Fri Oct 14, 2005 1:16 pm
 
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: sensory physiology
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Human evolution

No, probably not. If you ever get interested in middle age cooking you will see how bad the diet was (too rich in fat and meats for the nobility, and very poor in meat for the peasantry) That sounds like your average American's diet today :D

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by DJ
Thu Oct 13, 2005 3:43 am
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Human evolution
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