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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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And that cavalier, that guest, that nobleman who arrived before she came?
That a nobleman whom he did not know had wished to take charge of it, had answered for its future, and had taken it away.
replied the postmaster, uncovering with respect, "a very worthy nobleman.
Many other orators spoke after the excited nobleman, and all in the same tone.
The Portrait of a Nobleman was politely reserved to be hung up, if the Royal Academicians could possibly find room for it.
But at that instant a nobleman of Sergey Ivanovitch's party said that he had heard that the committee had not verified the accounts, considering such a verification an insult to the marshal of the province.
A nobleman who can respect a lady in distressed circumstances, and can take a fatherly interest in the fortunes of an humble servant girl, shows principles and feelings of too high an order to be lightly called in question.
This foreign nobleman of yours is dying to try his quack remedies (mesmerism included) on my patient, and a nurse who is brought here by his wife may be a little too willing to help him.
No one knew or cared who the nobleman in question was.
But he felt no bitterness against the nobleman his protector, who was not a provincial magnate as was generally supposed.
Mr Haredale, Lord George,' said Sir John Chester, seeing that the nobleman regarded him with an inquisitive look.
Wotever is, is right, as the young nobleman sweetly remarked wen they put him down in the pension list 'cos his mother's uncle's vife's grandfather vunce lit the king's pipe vith a portable tinder-box.