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Definitions for ennoble
ɛnˈnoʊ bəlen·no·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ennoble, dignifyverb

    confer dignity or honor upon

    "He was dignified with a title"

  2. ennoble, gentle, entitleverb

    give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility


  1. ennobleverb

    To bestow with nobility, honour or grace.

  2. ennobleverb

    To ennoble textile fabrics, the industrial processes of dry-cleaning, printing and embossing, and sizing and finishing, which together are known as 'ennobling fabrics'.

  3. Etymology: ennoblen, from ennoblir.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Ennobleverb

    Etymology: ennoblir, French.

    Many fair promotions
    Are given daily to ennoble those,
    That scarce some two days since were worth a noble. William Shakespeare.

    God raised up the spirit of this great person, and ennobled his courage and conduct with the entire overthrow of this mighty host. Robert South, Sermons.

    What can ennoble sots, or slaves, or cowards!
    Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards. Alexander Pope, Essays.

    None so lovely, sweet and fair,
    Or do more ennoble love. Edmund Waller.

    Ennobled, yet unchang’d, if nature shine. Anon.

    The breath of Scotland the Spaniards could not endure; neither durst they as invaders land in Ireland, but only ennobled some of the coasts thereof with shipwrecks. Francis Bacon.


  1. ennoble

    Nobility is a social class found in many societies that have an aristocracy. It is normally ranked immediately below royalty. Nobility has often been an estate of the realm with many exclusive functions and characteristics. The characteristics associated with nobility may constitute substantial advantages over or relative to non-nobles or simply formal functions (e.g., precedence), and vary by country and by era. Membership in the nobility, including rights and responsibilities, is typically hereditary and patrilineal. Membership in the nobility has historically been granted by a monarch or government, and acquisition of sufficient power, wealth, ownerships, or royal favour has occasionally enabled commoners to ascend into the nobility.There are often a variety of ranks within the noble class. Legal recognition of nobility has been much more common in monarchies, but nobility also existed in such regimes as the Dutch Republic (1581–1795), the Republic of Genoa (1005–1815), the Republic of Venice (697–1797), and the Old Swiss Confederacy (1300–1798), and remains part of the legal social structure of some small non-hereditary regimes, e.g., San Marino, and the Vatican City in Europe. In Classical Antiquity, the nobiles (nobles) of the Roman Republic were families descended from persons who had achieved the consulship. Those who belonged to the hereditary patrician families were nobles, but plebeians whose ancestors were consuls were also considered nobiles. In the Roman Empire, the nobility were descendants of this Republican aristocracy. While ancestry of contemporary noble families from ancient Roman nobility might technically be possible, no well-researched, historically-documented generation-by-generation genealogical descents from ancient Roman times are known to exist in Europe.Hereditary titles and styles added to names (such as "Prince", "Lord", or "Lady"), as well as honorifics, often distinguish nobles from non-nobles in conversation and written speech. In many nations, most of the nobility have been untitled, and some hereditary titles do not indicate nobility (e.g., vidame). Some countries have had non-hereditary nobility, such as the Empire of Brazil or life peers in the United Kingdom.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ennobleverb

    to make noble; to elevate in degree, qualities, or excellence; to dignify

  2. Ennobleverb

    to raise to the rank of nobility; as, to ennoble a commoner

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ennoble

    en-nō′bl, v.t. to make noble: to elevate, distinguish: to raise to nobility.—n. Ennō′blement, the act of making noble: that which ennobles. [Fr. ennoblir—Fr. en (=L. in), and noble.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ennoble in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ennoble in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ennoble in a Sentence

  1. Miguel de Cervantes:

    Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.

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