aggrandizement

[ uh-gran-diz-muh nt ]
/ əˈgræn dɪz mənt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. agglutogen,
  2. aggradation,
  3. aggrade,
  4. aggrandisement,
  5. aggrandize,
  6. aggravate,
  7. aggravated,
  8. aggravated trespass,
  9. aggravating,
  10. aggravation

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

Origin of aggrandizement

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

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Word Origin and History for aggrandisement
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