- 1Give (someone) a noble rank or title.More example sentences
- When he was ennobled in 1964, someone remarked he should take the title Lord Corridor of Power.
- Mountbatten's title was therefore a courtesy one until he was ennobled in 1946 as Viscount Mountbatten of Burma.
- Installed at Versailles in 1745, she was ennobled as Marquise de Pompadour, and for 20 years swayed state policy, appointing her own favourites.
- 1.1Lend greater dignity or nobility of character to: the theater is a moral instrument to ennoble the mindMore example sentences
- In its subject matter as well as its method, physics ennobles the mind by directing it to the permanent order of the world.
- For some this preventive action has an equivalent moral authority to the great campaigns for civic reform which ennobled the twentieth century throughout the world.
- Also, speaking from personal experience, following the teachings and example of Jesus Christ has had an ennobling effect on my character.
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- Whatever the motivations of those who supported his ennoblement, however, there was no disguising the pettiness of those who opposed it.
- Besides her ennoblement as a Dame in 1993, her awards included the TS Eliot Prize and the British Literature Prize.
- Not for the benefit of others, but for the ennoblement of yourself.
late 15th century (formerly also as innoble): from French ennoblir, from en- (expressing a change of state) + noble 'noble'.