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ennoble

[en-noh-buh l]
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verb (used with object), en·no·bled, en·no·bling.
  1. to elevate in degree, excellence, or respect; dignify; exalt: a personality ennobled by true generosity.
  2. to confer a title of nobility on.
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Origin of ennoble

1425–75; late Middle English ennobelen < Middle French, Old French ennoblir. See en-1, noble
Related formsen·no·ble·ment, nounen·no·bler, nounen·no·bling·ly, adverbun·en·no·bled, adjectiveun·en·no·bling, adjective
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Related Words

exalt, dignify, praise

Examples from the Web for ennoble

Historical Examples

  • For how many years has it been my intention to exalt and ennoble you!

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • They are our gods: they round and ennoble the most partial and sordid way of living.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • He has not sought to ennoble her heart so much as to weaken it with flatteries.

  • No sentiments that enlarge, ennoble, move, or mend the heart!

  • Because religion ever seeks to ennoble a man; and nothing so debases him as revenge.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for ennoble

ennoble

verb (tr)
  1. to make noble, honourable, or excellent; dignify; exalt
  2. to raise to a noble rank; confer a title of nobility upon
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Derived Formsennoblement, nounennobler, nounennobling, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ennoble

v.

late 15c. (implied in ennobled), from Middle French ennoblir; see en- (1) + noble (adj.). Related: Ennobling.

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