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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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Which 19th century prime minister was formerly known as Arthur Wellesley before being ennobled?
He was the first British scientist to be ennobled for his contributions.
God did not just ennoble the Muslims; He ennobled the whole of mankind.
This quaint French order of champagne lovers, who have the tough commitment to only drink champagne, recently ennobled Allen in the gilded caves of the Mercier champagne house in Reims.
The award, first given in 1883, honors a Catholic "whose genius has ennobled the arts and sciences, illustrated the ideals of the church, and enriched the heritage of humanity." Brubeck will receive the award at commencement May 21.
In each case, unbearable tragedy and loss were ennobled by art.
Shortly after the latter publication came death, but that death was ennobled by Roth's resolution to release the masterpiece that had been gathering inside him while he tended ducks.
Young dancers added fizz to performances, but the glow of Tina Le Blanc's burnished artistry ennobled anything she touched, whether dancing alone or with her frequent partner, the young Garcia.
Guidebooks and feuilletons, usually ignored, are ennobled here as keys to parsing the diversity of life in the northern Russian metropolis.
MELVYN Bragg is a clever, humane man and a fine broadcaster much feted and ennobled by Labour.
The feminine sex is ennobled by virtue of the Saviour's being born of a human mother; a woman was the gateway through which God found entrance to humankind." (Woman, p 70.)
Enlarged by Rome, refined and ennobled by Christianity, what has come to be known as "Western civilization" has reached its apogee in the American republic.