en·​no·​ble | \i-ˈnō-bəl, e-ˈnō-\
ennobled; ennobling\ i-​ˈnō-​b(ə-​)liŋ , e-​ˈnō-​ \

Definition of ennoble 

transitive verb

1 : to make noble : elevate seemed ennobled by suffering

2 : to raise to the rank of nobility

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Other Words from ennoble

ennoblement \ i-​ˈnō-​bəl-​mənt , e-​ˈnō-​ \ noun

Examples of ennoble in a Sentence

a life ennobled by suffering Her skill and talent ennoble her profession. He was ennobled by the queen.
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In a way, that's what Gunderson's done here, by reviving her story, at once humanizing and ennobling her struggle. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The Revolutionists undermines its own powerful message with too much cutesiness," 6 June 2018 While Schenkkan's script is basically true to history, the playwright does slide toward hagiography and ennobles Johnson beyond the evidence. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "'All the Way' a brilliant political drama from Southern Rep," 29 May 2018 His mother’s family was well connected with the great tapestry artisans of Beauvais, and his father’s had been ennobled in the 18th century. Eric Wilson, New York Times, "Hubert de Givenchy Dies at 91; Fashion Pillar of Romantic Elegance," 12 Mar. 2018 But worse is the show’s stark juxtaposition of gay men ennobled mostly by aesthetic graces (and canned wit) and straight men zhuzhed up before being sent out to live better, fuller lives. Richard Lawson, HWD, "Why L.G.B.T.-Centered TV Is Stuck in the Past," 30 May 2018 Despite the narrowness of the main facade, Wilson managed to pack all the basic, neoclassical elements of early 20th-century library design into his building, including a wide, ennobling staircase, pediment, and columns. Inga Saffron, Philly.com, "The history in pictures of West Philadelphia's forgotten 'Flatiron building' | Inga Saffron," 20 May 2018 In posing that question, William Shakespeare discounted the importance of a name, noting that the ennobling power of love made one's name but an afterthought. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "Southern Rep's 'Eclipsed' shows women's defiant spirit in face of dehumanizing war and oppression," 23 Apr. 2018 Most people recognize that the American biopharmaceutical industry is a complicated hodgepodge of elements and motivations that — to some — appear simultaneously ennobling and dispiriting. David Beier, STAT, "On drug pricing, Trump could rely on bluster and bad ideas. But there’s a better alternative," 20 Apr. 2018 Ritz, in his too-small shoes, may have felt ennobled by the presence of Princess Alexandra and the Duc d’Orléans. The Economist, "How the son of a Swiss peasant became a synonym for luxury," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of ennoble

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ennoble

Middle English ennobelen, from Middle French ennoblir, from Old French, from en- + noble noble

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English Language Learners Definition of ennoble

: to make (someone or something) better or more worthy of admiration

: to make (someone) a member of the nobility

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