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aggrandizement

[uh-gran-diz-muh nt] /əˈgræn dɪz mənt/
noun
1.
an act or instance of aggrandizing, or increasing in size, or intensity:
aggrandizement of mercantile trade in the early colonies.
2.
the act of making something appear greater than is actually warranted by the facts:
Some saw it as ego aggrandizement.
3.
expansion of power, wealth, rank, or honor:
The department was used for the aggrandizement of its leaders.
Also, especially British, aggrandisement.
Origin of aggrandizement
1655-1665; aggrandize + -ment, influenced by French agrandissement, aggrandissement
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  • The people were enslaved for the aggrandizement and power of a foreign church and state.

    Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou
  • The old Kittredge had sought only his own aggrandizement, and his son was his son.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • Rome had been too occupied with politics and aggrandizement ever to become cultured.

  • But what if the path of aggrandizement be also the path of safety?

  • For not so much to his own strength as to your laziness does he owe his present aggrandizement.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • What has that to do with the matter, as long as it adds to the aggrandizement of our house and name?

    The Champdoce Mystery Emile Gaboriau
  • And in this comedy of aggrandizement the puppets were willing—as puppets must needs be.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • Sir Reginald's every thought was for his daughter—for her aggrandizement.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • Goya made his appearance, and with him Spanish art underwent a renewal and an aggrandizement.

    Goya Fr. Crastre
  • The wars in which this system was evolved were wars for prestige and aggrandizement.

Word Origin and History for aggrandizement
n.

1650s, from French agrandissement, noun of action from agrandir (see aggrandize).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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