ennoble

[en-noh-buh l]
See more synonyms for ennoble on Thesaurus.com
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.

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for ennoble

exalt, dignify, praise

Examples from the Web for ennoble

Historical Examples of ennoble


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
Derived Formsennoblement, nounennobler, nounennobling, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for ennoble
v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper