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aggrandizement

[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.
Also, especially British, aggrandisement.
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Examples from the web for aggrandizement
  • 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.
  • It looks to the aggrandizement of a few even to the destruction of the interests of the whole.
  • There is a big difference between creative broadcasting and self-aggrandizement.
  • He courted the news media with aplomb, but never for self-aggrandizement.
  • What all these responses have in common is a benevolent, and surely unintentional, self-aggrandizement.
  • The same doctrine requires that there should be an end to this process of aggrandizement.
  • These are impermissible forms of legislative aggrandizement in the execution of the laws other than by enactment of statutes.
  • They went about their business without fanfare, and with no aggrandizement afterwards.
Word Origin and History for aggrandizement
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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