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aggrandizement

or (especially British) aggrandisement

[uh-gran-diz-muh nt] /əˈgræn dɪz mənt/
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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n.

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

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