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noblesse oblige

noun [U] uk   /nəʊˌbles.əʊˈbliːʒ/  us   /noʊˌbles.oʊ-/ formal
the idea that someone with power and influence should use their social position to help other people
Translations of “noblesse oblige”
in Chinese (Traditional) 位高應不負重望, 顯貴者行為理應高尚…
in Chinese (Simplified) 位高应不负重望, 显贵者行为理应高尚…
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