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Definitions

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  • n. The act of aggrandizing, or the state of being aggrandized or exalted in power, rank, honor, or wealth; exaltation; enlargement.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of aggrandizing, or the state of being aggrandized or exalted in power, rank, honor, or wealth; exaltation; enlargement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of aggrandizing; the state of being exalted in power, rank, or honor; exaltation; enlargement: as, the emperor seeks only the aggrandizement of his own family. Also spelled aggrandisement.
  • n. Synonyms Augmentation, advancement, elevation; preferment, promotion, exaltation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something

Etymologies

From French agrandissement, from agrandir. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Eternity starts here; worldly aggrandizement is dust" Photography by Diana Ricci.

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  • However, if their rulers take the path of self-aggrandizement, which is virtually inevitable in the absence of accountability, then these people will begin to experience indignity and eventually they will revolt, often to settle for a new ruler who is perceived as more benign and dignity-respecting, but not necessarily democratic.

    Robert Fuller: Bridging Left and Right: A Foundation for Transpartisan Politics

  • I love when that happens to me, and hope when I do it people don't consider it patronizing or self-aggrandizement, which is (almost) never the spirit in which it is intended.

    magna comes loudly

  • Procedural aggrandizement, which is perhaps best illustrated by Emmanuel Goldstein's aphorism "The object of power is power."

    Scrivener's Error

  • Art-Union, to be convinced that the great majority do so for the sake of self-aggrandizement, that is, to have a chance of getting the works of our best artists for a mere tithe of their value, or in the language of the advertisements, "of obtaining a valuable return, for a small investment;" as they would buy any other lottery tickets: to make the most out of their money.

    The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 2, January, 1851

  • Four of his nephews and their aggrandizement were the particular objects of his attentions, and two of these -- as we have already said -- Piero and Girolamo Riario, were universally recognized to be his sons.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia

  • Further, he saw that the arms of Italy, and those more especially of which he might have availed himself, were in the hands of men who had reason to fear his aggrandizement, that is, of the Orsini, the Colonnesi, and their followers.

    VII. Of New Princedoms Acquired By the Aid of Others and By Good Fortune

  • As the spirit of aggrandizement, which is said to have actuated the public and private conduct of

    The Stranger in France or, a Tour from Devonshire to Paris Illustrated by Engravings in Aqua Tint of Sketches Taken on the Spot.

  • Their aggrandizement should be the first thing sacrificed in hard times, not the last.

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  • They are representative of the kind of aggrandizement of presidential power that has been going on since the founding of the republic, as documented by Corwin and Schlesinger.

    Balkinization

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