ennoble

[en-noh-buhl]
verb (used with object), ennobled, ennobling.
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:
1425–75; late Middle English ennobelen < Middle French, Old French ennoblir. See en-1, noble

ennoblement, noun
ennobler, noun
ennoblingly, adverb
unennobled, adjective
unennobling, adjective
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ennoble (ɪˈnəʊbəl)
 
vb
1.  to make noble, honourable, or excellent; dignify; exalt
2.  to raise to a noble rank; confer a title of nobility upon
 
en'noblement
 
n
 
en'nobler
 
n
 
en'nobling
 
adj

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ennoble
c.1500, from Fr. ennoblir; see en- + 'noble-. Related: Ennobled; ennobling.
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Example sentences
Being the random targets of a genetic defect should neither ennoble nor
  diminish these people.
Heroes walk alone, but they become myths when they ennoble the lives and touch
  the hearts of all of us.
At last, a journal about a devastating illness that seeks neither to ennoble
  nor to inspire.
But the art thus to ennoble must be truly high, not high art falsely so called.
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