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aggrandizement

[uh-gran-diz-muh nt]
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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.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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.


Word Origin and History for aggrandizement

n.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper