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ennoble

[en-noh-buh l] /ɛnˈnoʊ bəl/
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
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English ennobelen < Middle French, Old French ennoblir. See en-1, noble
Related forms
ennoblement, noun
ennobler, noun
ennoblingly, adverb
unennobled, adjective
unennobling, adjective
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  • In the day, ships were decorated and ennobled with personal character.
  • And no prestigious university is ennobled if it rewards brute determination and financial resources alone.
  • They needn't even be ennobled, as interlopers have hitherto been.
  • The apostles had been already ennobled and knighted.
  • Nor do they appear to be conspicuously elevated or ennobled by the final suffering they endure in a predator's jaws.
  • State feels beleaguered by resource gaps but ennobled by its mission.
  • Many times his life was threatened, but each brush with mortality ennobled him.
  • The vocation of the human being came to seem ennobled.
  • Moreover, he owns a red coat, such as the she was speedily ennobled.
  • But that manhood is not ennobled by mere change of condition.
British Dictionary definitions for ennobled

ennoble

/ɪˈnəʊbəl/
verb (transitive)
1.
to make noble, honourable, or excellent; dignify; exalt
2.
to raise to a noble rank; confer a title of nobility upon
Derived Forms
ennoblement, noun
ennobler, noun
ennobling, adjective
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Word Origin and History for ennobled

ennoble

v.

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

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