But nobler souls came to the rescue, and in each instance opening day saw a big win for goodness over greed.
Could anything be nobler than to die for a grand, a sublime Cause?
It is by their nobler interests that the sections are most closely united.
And yet, out of these highly tinted imaginings springs the impulse that carries us to higher and nobler things.
It might be a grander, nobler work; but it would be work, nevertheless.
In all the camps of Europe, a finer youth, or a nobler spirit, could no where have been found than Julius Alvinzi.
I know of no nobler work than you have been doing all winter.
But they seemed of a nobler beauty than before, he all white, she all blond, pressing close to each other in their misfortune.
I suppressed a chuckle: after all, man is the nobler animal.
How many of you young men have no heart for higher, purer, nobler things, because the animal in you is strong!
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.