aggrandizement

[uh-gran-diz-muhnt]
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.
Also, especially British, aggrandisement.
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aggrandize or aggrandise (ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz, əˈɡrænˌdaɪz, ˈæɡrənˌdaɪz, əˈɡrænˌdaɪz)
 
vb
1.  to increase the power, wealth, prestige, scope, etc, of
2.  to cause (something) to seem greater; magnify; exaggerate
 
[C17: from Old French aggrandiss-, long stem of aggrandir to make bigger, from Latin grandisgrand; the ending -ize is due to the influence of verbs ending in -ise, -ize]
 
aggrandise or aggrandise
 
vb
 
[C17: from Old French aggrandiss-, long stem of aggrandir to make bigger, from Latin grandisgrand; the ending -ize is due to the influence of verbs ending in -ise, -ize]
 
aggrandizement or aggrandise
 
n
 
aggrandisement or aggrandise
 
n
 
'aggrandizer or aggrandise
 
n
 
'aggrandiser or aggrandise
 
n

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aggrandizement
1650s, from Fr. agrandissement, noun of action from agrandir (see aggrandize).
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Example sentences
It takes the onus off what might otherwise be pure aggrandizement.
They place a reasonable restriction on the desire for territorial
  aggrandizement.
There is nothing new about criminals trying to manipulate the news media for
  aggrandizement and gratification.
There is a big difference between creative broadcasting and self-aggrandizement.
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