American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make noble: "that chastity of honor . . . which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil” ( Edmund Burke).
- v. To confer nobility upon: ennoble a prime minister for distinguished service.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make noble; confer a title of nobility on.
- To dignify; exalt; elevate in degree, excellence, or respect.
- To make notable, famous, or memorable.
- v. To bestow with nobility, honour or grace.
- v. To ennoble textile fabrics, the industrial processes of dry-cleaning, printing and embossing, and sizing and finishing, which together are known as 'ennobling fabrics'.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make noble; to elevate in degree, qualities, or excellence; to dignify.
- v. To raise to the rank of nobility.
- v. confer dignity or honor upon
- v. give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
- Middle English ennoblen, from Old French ennoblir. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English *ennoblen, from Old French ennoblir : en-, causative pref.; see en-1 + noble, noble; see noble. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“By thus declaring himself the follower of so fine a craftsman, Dante suggests, he hopes to "ennoble" his own undertaking.”
“Cilea's alternately swooning, scintillating and thundering score does much to ennoble the overwrought claptrap of the opera's libretto.”
“This Parisian early prototype, however, lacked the spicy seasonings that ennoble the classic cocktail we know today.”
“They believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to correct and ennoble.”
“He does not reflect much on how a double occupation would complicate and perhaps ennoble resistance.”
“Then, we embodying the generosity and engagement that pulsates at the heart of Jewish tradition, this day will truly be a portal to a Shabbat LaShem, a Sabbath of the Lord, and we will be living the kind of covenanted community that can ennoble humanity and all creation.”
“The music serves to uplift, beautify, and ennoble some other action taking place, and that action itself holds primacy over the music itself.”
“The work will be an output of heroism, and it will ennoble even those who will not know of it.”
“Van Dyck's portraits helped to ennoble many of the plutocrats.”
“I grew up poor, hated, the victim of physical, emotional, and sexual violence, and I know that suffering does not ennoble.”
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