- 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.
Also especially British, ag·gran·dise·ment.
Origin of aggrandizement
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Word Origin and History for aggrandisement
1650s, from French agrandissement, noun of action from agrandir (see aggrandize).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper