(in romanticism) an idealized view of primitive man
a primitive human as characterized in literature, representing natural goodness and simplicity when not encumbered by civilization
Someone who belongs to an “uncivilized” group or tribe and is considered to be, consequently, more worthy than people who live within civilization. Many writers and thinkers through the centuries of Western civilization have believed in the noble savage. The expression is particularly associated with Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
/nəʊˈblɛs/ noun (literary) 1. noble birth or condition 2. the noble class n. early 13c., “noble birth or condition,” from Old French noblece “noble birth, splendor, magnificence” (Modern French noblesse), from Vulgar Latin *nobilitia, from Latin nobilis (see noble (adj.)). French phrase noblesse oblige “privilege entails responsibility” is attested in English first in 1837.
[noh-bles oh-bleezh; French naw-bles aw-bleezh] /noʊˈblɛs oʊˈbliʒ; French nɔˈblɛs ɔˈbliʒ/ noun 1. the moral obligation of those of high birth, powerful social position, etc., to act with honor, kindliness, generosity, etc. /nəʊˈblɛs əʊˈbliːʒ; French nɔblɛs ɔbliʒ/ noun 1. (often ironic) the supposed obligation of nobility to be honourable and generous noblesse oblige [(noh-bles oh-bleezh)] The […]
[noh-buh l] /ˈnoʊ bəl/ adjective, nobler, noblest. 1. distinguished by rank or title. 2. pertaining to persons so distinguished. 3. of, belonging to, or constituting a hereditary class that has special social or political status in a country or state; of or pertaining to the aristocracy. Synonyms: highborn, aristocratic; patrician, blue-blooded. Antonyms: baseborn, lowborn; common, […]
[noh-buh lz-vil] /ˈnoʊ bəlzˌvɪl/ noun 1. a town in central Indiana.