ennoble
transitive verb (ennobled; ennobling) Etymology: Middle English ennobelen, from Middle French ennoblir, from Old French, from en- + noble noble Date: 15th century 1. to make noble ; elevate <
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2. to raise to the rank of nobility • ennoblement noun

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  • ennoble — (v.) late 15c. (implied in ennobled), from M.Fr. ennoblir; see EN (Cf. en ) (1) + NOBLE (Cf. noble). Related: Ennobling …   Etymology dictionary

  • ennoble — *dignify, honor, glorify Analogous words: *exalt, magnify: elevate, raise, *lift: heighten, enhance, *intensify …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ennoble — ► VERB 1) give a noble rank or title to. 2) give greater dignity to; elevate. DERIVATIVES ennoblement noun …   English terms dictionary

  • ennoble — [e nō′bəl, inō′bəl] vt. ennobled, ennobling [ME ennoblen (only in pp.) < OFr ennoblir: see EN 1 & NOBLE] 1. to raise to the rank of nobleman 2. to give a noble quality to; dignify ennoblement n. ennobler n …   English World dictionary

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  • ennoble — verb a) To bestow with nobility, honour or grace. b) To ennoble textile fabrics, the industrial processes of dry cleaning, printing and embossing, and sizing and finishing, which together are known as ennobling fabrics …   Wiktionary

  • ennoble — verb the original vision of the modern Olympic Games was to ennoble and strengthen sports Syn: dignify, honor, exalt, elevate, raise, enhance, add dignity to, distinguish; magnify, glorify, aggrandize Ant: demean …   Thesaurus of popular words

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