Definition of ennoble in English:

ennoble

Syllabification: en·no·ble
Pronunciation: /enˈnōbəl
 
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verb

[with object]
  • 1Give (someone) a noble rank or title.
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    • 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 mind
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    • 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.

Derivatives

ennoblement

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 15th century (formerly also as innoble): from French ennoblir, from en- (expressing a change of state) + noble 'noble'.

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