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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ For non-residents, other than the nobly born and well connected, it is less informative.
▪ She was rich and nobly born and powerful.
▪ But Richard at first refused, arguing that he was as nobly born as his brother.
▪ Foreman sacrificed nobly for what he believed was right.
▪ All were noble goals, nobly stated.
▪ But my duty is to sacrifice myself to save the army which has so nobly done its duty to defend Vicksburg.
▪ But Richard at first refused, arguing that he was as nobly born as his brother.
▪ Conservatism had been nobly employed dissolving the state into the people, he explained in his warm, dreamy way.
▪ For non-residents, other than the nobly born and well connected, it is less informative.
▪ Granted this authenticity even for the symbol, she came back the next day, nobly escorted.
▪ She was rich and nobly born and powerful.
▪ Well and nobly did... his gallant troops hold their own....
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Nobly \No"bly\, adv.

  1. Of noble extraction; as, nobly born or descended.

  2. In a noble manner; with greatness of soul; heroically; with magnanimity; as, a deed nobly done.

  3. Splendidly; magnificently.

    Syn: Illustriously; honorably; magnanimously; heroically; worthly; eminently; grandly.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1300, "valorous, courageous, spirited," from noble (adj.) + -ly (2). Meaning "of or befitting noble birth or descent, of high ancestry" is from 1590s.


adv. In a noble manner.


adv. in a noble manner; "she has behaved nobly"

Usage examples of "nobly".

Poor Coode stood nobly off the path for her as though he were letting a funeral pass.

Nobly born or gutter-bred, you play off your tricks to cozen the credulous!

He did the honours of his well-supplied board nobly, and his real passion was good living.

She had just come on deck after a long and trying session in assisting Doctors Gys and Kelsey to care for the injured, a session during which Beth and Patsy had also stood nobly to their gruesome task.

The count offered him his sword, but the major nobly refused to take it, and escorted him to the room he was to occupy.

Gus Noblier had ruled Partout Parish off and on for fifteen of his fifty-three years three consecutive terms, one election lost to the vote hauling and assorted skullduggery of Duwayne Kenner, then a fourth victory.

That makes you culpable in the civil suit, Noblier, and, by virtue of the fact that you did not suspend Fourcade from the Bichon case after his obvious attempt to plant and manipulate evidence, you may well be guilty of collusion on the assault.

There was no doubt in her mind that every uniform in the place knew Noblier had called her into his office, and why.

Sheriff Noblier had smashed it flat beneath the weight of his authority this morning.

The mob split into factions then, some of them running back up the courthouse steps as Kudrow emerged, some trailing after Noblier as he drove away in his Suburban.

She had no intention of taking the thing to Noblier and making a bad situation worse.

She stared at Gus Noblier, disappointment and betrayal humming inside her like a power line.

It was the kind of job she had set her sights on, but unless she reversed her fortunes in the department, hell would freeze over before Noblier promoted her to detective.

It made her stomach hurt to imagine what Noblier would have to say about it.

Pritchett was simply looking for ammunition to use against Noblier, and Annie wanted no part of that feud.