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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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Contrary to what one might expect, most of the loans taken up by German princes were as a rule extended by noblemen. Of the 213,358-gulden debt of the counts of Wurttemberg, 176,250 gulden, or 82.6 per cent, was provided by the nobility.
The noblemen liked to address each other as My lord brother', but in fact equality was a fiction; the nobility was split internally into layers: at one extreme there were the magnates, who kept their own armies, owned villages and even towns, at the other extreme was the type of nobleman known as |naked one', who owned only a scrap of land or none at all, his all-important coat-of-arms and a sabre hanging from his waist by a piece of string.
But unlike Livy, The Old Arcadia sees this as a good thing; David Norbrook observes that ``Sidney dearly expects his readers to feel the injustice of treating noble and magnanimous princes in the same way as anyone else."(22) The Old Arcadia upholds the cause of young noblemen against the austere law of the father.
Salazar's play is in many respects a typical example of la comedia de capa y espada (the cape and sword comedy), a subgenre of the Baroque stage that revolves around the courtship intrigues of young noblemen and women who, after overcoming jealousy, amorous disdain, and paternal opposition, sort themselves out into marriageable couples.
He wisely resists trendy interpretations like the one which a few years ago implausibly reduced everyone, whether on the royalist or parliamentarian side, to deferential puppets of a handful of noblemen. He might with advantage, I think, have paid even more attention than he does to the "British dimension": it does not explain everything, certainly not as much as some of its adherents claim, but it probably has more explanatory force for this period than for almost any other.
Drawn from documents in the archives of the Venetian Inquisition, they tell the very personal stories of an unusual cast of characters, from small town peasant healers to city courtesans, from irrepressible noblemen to renegade clerics.
Senior police officials said that they have arrested some family members and tribal noblemen of dacoits and in exchange of this dacoits set abductees free from Ghari Taigu from where they were brought to Sukkur through boat.
Stripping bare the untold stories of an evasive and covert band of brothers, Turk recounts his exploits with the Noblemen Motorcycle Club.
Two months later, seven noblemen in their 20s, including Ui-seung, Deuk-in's son, once again fought against the Japanese alongside over 500 citizens and managed to slaughter 100 Japanese invaders.
Tom Sturridge plays Henry (pictured) in tonight's production, which focuses on the loss of England's French territories, bickering between the nation's noblemen and the horrors of war.
In his second book on the topic, Hillay Zmora tackles a new question: What prompted early modern German noblemen to feud, and why did the number of feuds rise in the middle of the fifteenth century and decline thereafter?
Then he heard the following from one of the Polish noblemen present: "Non regnabis, si non iurabis" (You will not not rule if you do not obey our laws).