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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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whom I have not the honor of knowing, I suppose that the nobility have been summoned not merely to express their sympathy and enthusiasm but also to consider the means by which we can assist our Fatherland!
"In the first place, I tell you we have no right to question the Emperor about that, and secondly, if the Russian nobility had that right, the Emperor could not answer such a question.
Your CHILDREN'S LAND shall ye love: let this love be your new nobility,-- the undiscovered in the remotest seas!
's legions defeated the army of the nobility in North Africa, Cato -- then at Utica -- took his own life.
Patrons of the Old Faith: The Catholic Nobility in Utrecht and Guelders, c.
Just a few pen strokes can transform a humble Midland journalist to the grandeur of the nobility - allegedly.
And Fowberry Alpacas, formerly from Northumberland, won three first place rosettes in the junior white female (Fowberry Paloma), junior male beige (Fowberry Prodigy) and intermediate male fawn (Fowberry Nobility).
Then he shifts to the nobility, going back to 1477 to look at the reaction to the death of Charles the Bald, then discussing the position of the nobility at court.
Sure, that Machynlleth gathering was little more than the Welsh nobility looking after number one.
The Baltic German Nobility, partly responsible for bringing Christianity into the region, was a major target in the various populist and political uprisings that took place in the early twentieth century.
Sterchi takes as his starting point various books of moral education found in the libraries of the Burgundian nobility, ranging from a French translation of Poggio Bracciolini's Latin version of Xenophon's Cyropaedia to several medieval treatises (such as Brunetto Latini) and contemporary advice books, such as Hugues de Lannoy's Enseignement de vraie noblesse.
The French Nobility in the Eighteenth Century: Reassessments and New Approaches.