ennoble

verb
en·​no·​ble | \ i-ˈnō-bəl How to pronounce ennoble (audio) , e-ˈnō-\
ennobled; ennobling\ i-​ˈnō-​b(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce ennobling (audio) , 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 How to pronounce ennoblement (audio) , 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 other words, a grand company continually needing rescue from the abyss, an ennobling endeavor, a way to communicate across time and space. John Koethe, The New York Review of Books, "Ange Mlinko," 23 May 2019 And John's response was direct and really ennobling. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Read the Full Transcript of Former Senator Joe Lieberman's Speech at John McCain's Memorial Service," 1 Sep. 2018 The tensions and paradoxes complicating Furtwängler’s devil’s pact, his surrender to communal ecstasies ennobling or perilous, are reduced to simplistic presumption. Joseph Horowitz, WSJ, "‘Wilhelm Furtwängler’ Review: Apostle of Inwardness," 3 Aug. 2018 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

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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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ennoble

verb

English Language Learners Definition of ennoble

formal
: to make (someone or something) better or more worthy of admiration
: to make (someone) a member of the nobility

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