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Noble, adj. 1) magnanimous, elevated, dignified, generous: Compl. 108. Sonn. 151, 6. Tp. I, 2, 7. Tp. I, 2, 7 Tp. I, 2, 7 Tp. I, 2, 7 II, 1, 215. III, 1, 33. III, 1, 33 III, 2, 43. V, 26. V, 26 Gent. III, 1, 38. Meas. I, 1, 50. II, 1, 7. III, 1, 13. III, 1, 13 V, 224. Mids. I, 1, 24. V, 91. As IV, 3, 129. Tw. II, 4, 84. H8 II, 1, 119. II, 2, 92. Troil. IV, 1, 33. Tit. I, 25. Ant. III, 13, 78. IV, 15, 55. 59 etc. etc. With to: “that I should not be n. to myself,” Ant. V, 2, 192. Used with irony: “here come two n. beasts in,” Mids. V, 220. “O n. fool,” As II, 7, 33. “breaks his staff like a n. goose,” III, 4, 48. “here comes my n. gull-catcher,” Tw. II, 5, 204 (notable?).
2) magnificent, stately, splendid: “you will my n. grapes, an if my royal fox could reach them,” All's II, 1, 74 (perhaps used for the sake of the quibble with royal). “the most n. bottom of our fleet,” Tw. V, 60; cf. Oth. II, 1, 22. “a n. plot,” H4A I, 3, 279. “n. horsemanship,” IV, 1, 110. “a n. feast,” Tim. III, 6, 68. “some --r token I have kept apart for Livia,” Ant. V, 2, 168.
3) of an ancient and illustrious family: Compl. 234. Ado II, 3, 35. All's I, 3, 163. II, 3, 68. V, 3, 95. Tw. I, 5, 277. V, 271. Wint. I, 2, 393. R2 II, 1, 240. II, 3, 56. H5 II, 2, 129. H6A V, 4, 22. Cymb. III, 4, 135 etc. etc. “believe not the word of the n.” H4B IV, 3, 59. “the n. and the common,” Cor. III, 1, 29.
== becoming persons of quality: “to be abridged from such a n. rate,” Merch. I, 1, 127. “they do prank them in authority, against all n. sufferance,” Cor. III, 1, 24.
The different significations confounded: Tw. I, 2, 25. R2 IV, 117. H5 III, 1, 17 etc.
Used adverbially: “she is n. born,” H8 II, 4, 141. “you do the --r,” Cor. III, 2, 6. “'tis n. spoken,” Ant. II, 2, 98 (the later Ff nobly).
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