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[en-noh-buh l]
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 ennobles

Historical Examples

  • And I do believe that Italy really purifies and ennobles all who visit her.

    Where Angels Fear to Tread

    E. M. Forster

  • The one statue degrades maternity; the other ennobles and exalts.

    Italy, the Magic Land

    Lilian Whiting

  • Defeat brings prudence and concentration; it ennobles and fortifies.

  • For, after all, what is it but the purpose which ennobles action?

  • The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature.

British Dictionary definitions for ennobles


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 ennobles



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

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