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aggrandizement

[ uh-gran-diz-muhnt ]
/ əˈgræn dɪz mənt /
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noun

an act or instance of aggrandizing, or increasing in size, or intensity: aggrandizement of mercantile trade in the early colonies.
the act of making something appear greater than is actually warranted by the facts: Some saw it as ego aggrandizement.
expansion of power, wealth, rank, or honor: The department was used for the aggrandizement of its leaders.

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Also especially British, ag·gran·dise·ment .

Origin of aggrandizement

1655–1665; aggrandize + -ment, influenced by French agrandissement, aggrandissement
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