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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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But in the longer term--only a few decades, really--the enormous advantages of American liberty propelled economic growth that even the most advanced European powers--with their feudal laws, their privileged nobilities, their centuries-old legal impediments to individual advancement, and their dissipative imperial ambitions and court intrigues--could never hope to match.
The first summer hotel in Millstatt, Austria, Hotel See-Villa was founded by Rudolf Schurer von Waldheim who spearheaded the development of Carinthia as an exclusive summer destination for the nobilities and elites of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
For these western networks, as indeed for their political nobilities and opinion-makers, Morsi had become an anathema, a repulsive figure simply for the forbidden word Muslim in the nomenclature of the political organisation that had fielded him in the presidential race which he had won handsomely in a poll unanimously declared credibly free and fair by election observers, both national and foreign.
The general tendency of nations has always been to accomplish positive common aspirations reflecting exalted divine human beauties and nobilities.
1999) Land, Water and Gendered Nobilities in Pakistan: Exploring the Contradictions.
Stephan Malinowski's discussion of the nobility, or rather the nobilities, in Imperial Germany presents the class as predominantly "a driven rather than a driving force" in whose midst antisemitism was rampant.
while to find again among the often 'forgotten half nobilities of soul
45) It is interesting to note how a conservative Chancellor of the Realm at a time of elected Danish kings, with a powerful Council of nobilities to control royal politics, felt confident enough of his own rank and that of the position of his peers to deliver such attacks.
Paffenroth shows quite effectively how Cordelia is, without a doubt, Lear's child, that both of them are simultaneously noble and flawed, and that their flaws are of a piece with their particular nobilities of character.