Definitions

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  • n. The state of being noble
  • n. The act of ennobling or something which ennobles

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of making noble, or of exalting, dignifying, or advancing to nobility.
  • n. That which ennobles; excellence; dignity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of ennobling, or advancing to nobility; the state of being ennobled.
  • n. Exaltation; elevation in degree of excellence; dignity.

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

  • n. the state of being noble
  • n. the act of raising someone to the nobility

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Examples

  • a nation of new civilisation by what may be called the ennoblement of its lower classes.

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  • To be cut out by a prince has always been a kind of ennoblement in itself.

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  • In the 1960s in Poland, getting a prison tattoo required special skills and criminal ambition - it was a kind of ennoblement, each tattoo in the criminal world was meaningful.

    Hit & Run

  • In an ideal world, she probably could be, and should be; in our world, how would we react to someone who saw her dysfunctional situation clearly, and declared that she planned to stand by it as an experiment in ennoblement?

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  • To pay the price out of sheer heart-love that could recognize no price too great to pay, had been the ennoblement of Dag Daughtry which Michael had worked.

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  • But that didn't stop him from engaging in his own exercise in uplift and ennoblement and possibility, with an inaugural address widely judged to be among the best of all time.

    William Bradley: Obama and the Significance of the JFK Inaugural 50 Years On

  • But his obscurity and newness on the scene -- in 2000, Obama had struggled to even get into the Democratic national convention in Los Angeles, as he endearingly recounted in The Audacity of Hope -- didn't stop him from delivering one of the great convention stemwinders of all time, an exercise in uplift, ennoblement, and possibility that launched him on a steep trajectory taking him to the presidency four years later.

    William Bradley: Obama and the Significance of the JFK Inaugural 50 Years On

  • But now he is resurgent, his speech in the wake of the Tucson tragedy a masterful exercise in uplift, ennoblement, and possibility.

    William Bradley: Obama and the Significance of the JFK Inaugural 50 Years On

  • We saw this yearning for uplift, ennoblement, and possibility in the great success of The West Wing, an idealized version of the presidency that began at the tail end of the Clinton years.

    William Bradley: Obama and the Significance of the JFK Inaugural 50 Years On

  • I said that there was a "moral uplift" or "ennoblement" that could be experienced in literature; John said that that experience was either illusory (hence entertainment) or spurred one to support a cause (hence political).

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