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NOBILITY. An order of men in several countries to whom privileges are granted at the expense of the rest of the people.
     2. The constitution of the United States provides that no state shall "grant any title of nobility; and no person can become a citizen of the United States until he has renounced all titles of nobility." The Federalist, No. 84; 2 Story, Laws U. S. 851. 3. There is not in the constitution any general prohibition against any citizen whomsoever, whether in public or private life, accepting any foreign title of nobility. An amendment of the constitution in this respect has been recommended by congress, but it has not been ratified by a sufficient number of states to make it a part of the constitution. Rawle on the Const. 120; Story, Const. Sec. 1346.

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Unfortunately the two noblemen, Lord G and Lord F , were married, or I might have condescended to be particularly gracious to THEM; as it was, I did not: though Lord F , who hates his wife, was evidently much struck with me.
The Oriental noblemen had removed their own illuminated manuscript, and had removed nothing else.
How soon may our own evil passions prove to be Oriental noblemen who pounce on us unawares!
This is reminiscent of a time when noblemen were driven around in their coaches by their servants," Aloise continued.
9) The first part of this study seeks to determine the circumstances under which the word ren was used by analyzing the Spring and Autumn records themselves, contrasting unidentified agents, who are designated teen, with identified agents, that is, rulers and named noblemen.
THE candles guttered in the draught, casting jerky and misshapen shadows of the noblemen on the walls of the games room.
Characters are narrowly defined, casting King John and his followers as the boo-hiss bad guys and the rebel noblemen as the valiant and selfless heroes, who stood firm in the face of tyranny.
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER (PG) Lucy (Georgie Henley) and Edmund Pevensie (Skandar Keynes) are transported back to Narnia and onboard ship The Dawn Treader, in a quest to locate the swords of seven lost noblemen, meeting the White Witch (Tilda Swinton) and majestic lion Aslan (Liam Neeson) on the way.
In the Middle Ages, kings and noblemen who had been responsible for starting wars and battles would, when their time of influence had passed, donate money to the church as a penance.
Instead we learned that he was a shy little boy who enjoyed dressing up as 18th-century French noblemen.
20pm) Prince John arrives in Nottingham as part of a nationwide tour to gain support from England's noblemen in his bid to become king.
The mass immigration was encouraged by several noblemen, and the story focuses on how these Germans got their start.