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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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This notion of three types of nobility is also found in John Ferne's The Blazon of Gentrie (1586), (6) which stresses in a side note that "Noblenes of blood only, without vertue or merit, is the meanest nobilitie" (Bviii).
(13) And in the address to the soldier and merchant James Lancaster in Lancaster his Allarums (1595), Robarts identifies as an example worthy of imitation the 'publicke honor' shown by ancient Rome to the deserving, which included the granting of 'titles of nobilitie' as well as 'all signes and showes of joy to welcome home such Adventurers that their Countreys honor and Princes benefit had any way adventured'.
Palmerin d'Oliua The mirrour of nobilitie, mappe of honor, anotamie of rare fortunes, heroycall president of Loue: VVonder for chiualrie, and most accomplished knight in all perfections.
When Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa's A Treatise of the nobilitie and excellencye of woman kinde was translated into English in 1542, the humanist theory on women took a more interesting turn.
(36) Cyuile and Vncyuile Life: A Discourse Very Profitable, Pleasant, and Fit to Bee Read of All Nobilitie and Gentlemen (London: Richard Jones, 1579), sigs [N3.sup.v]-[N4.sup.v].
Indeed, what Holinshed presents as the culmination of the struggle, in the 1585 'Proclamation Published by the Nobilitie of Scotland' which followed the invasion of the 'banished lords' (5.726 [5.445]), led by Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus (one recalls that Douglas is one of Greene's honest lords), strenuously insists on the need for correction.
Despite believing she has lost her children, by her patience and constancy (both allegorically represented on stage) Grissell preserves the Marquis's rule and earns acceptance from Nobilitie (also a character) of her elevation in social status, and of her father's elevation as well.
God save the Quenes counsailours most noble and true" (Jacob and Esau, G4v); "God save the Queenes Highnes, and the Nobilitie ...
(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.
Chesworth W, Dejou J, Larroque P (1981) The weathering of basalt and relative nobilities of the major elements at Belbex France.