- 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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Examples from the Web for aggrandizement
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
Rome had been too occupied with politics and aggrandizement ever to become cultured.Old-Time Makers of Medicine
James J. Walsh
But what if the path of aggrandizement be also the path of safety?Current History, A Monthly Magazine
New York Times
For not so much to his own strength as to your laziness does he owe his present aggrandizement.Museum of Antiquity
L. W. Yaggy
Word Origin and History for aggrandizement
1650s, from French agrandissement, noun of action from agrandir (see aggrandize).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper