National Review editorialized, “A single embryo must not be destroyed no matter how noble the goal.”
Lee Siegel on the current epidemic of political cowardice—and the death of the noble defeat.
Good luck finding that cohort of “naïve” participants, noble goal though that it is.
My work is noble, I bring investments to the country and employ people.
In 2005, Joshua Foer took on the noble task of trying out non-prescription Adderall for a week.
In Glenkindie, 'Gib, his man,' is the vile betrayer of the noble harper and his lady.
Who cannot flatter, and detest who can, Tremble before a noble serving-man?
There are examples of noble self-denial under these circumstances.
That ever that noble passion, lust, should ebb to this degree.
We know we are of noble blood because we have to take sarsaparilla all the time.
c.1200, "illustrious, distinguished; worthy of honor or respect," from Old French noble "of noble bearing or birth," from Latin nobilis "well-known, famous, renowned; excellent, superior, splendid; high-born, of superior birth," earlier *gnobilis, literally "knowable," from gnoscere "to come to know," from PIE root *gno- "to know" (see know). The prominent Roman families, which were "well known," provided most of the Republic's public officials.
Meaning "distinguished by rank, title, or birth" is first recorded late 13c. Sense of "having lofty character, having high moral qualities" is from c.1600. A noble gas (1902) is so called for its inactivity or intertness; a use of the word that had been applied in Middle English to precious stones, metals, etc., of similar quality (late 14c.), from the sense of "having admirable properties" (c.1300).
"man of rank," c.1300, from noble (adj.). The same noun sense also is in Old French and Latin. Late 14c. as the name of an English coin first issued in reign of Edward III.