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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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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Recent Examples on the Web For a concerto is supposed to be a grand affair, an individual instrument ennobled by a major orchestra. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Now in Chicago, ’The Band’s Visit’ dares to tell a story of lonely hearts too old for love," 5 Sep. 2019 Chocolate cake ennobled with hazelnuts and chocolate ganache is a bar raiser — and a welcome sight during a midnight refrigerator raid. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 7 favorite places to eat (and drink) right now — plus one to avoid," 24 June 2019 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

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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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28 Nov 2019

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“Ennoble.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ennobles. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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