• WordNet 3.6
    • v ennoble give a title to someone; make someone a member of the nobility
    • v ennoble confer dignity or honor upon "He was dignified with a title"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Ennoble To make noble; to elevate in degree, qualities, or excellence; to dignify. "Ennobling all that he touches.""What can ennoble sots, or slaves, or cowards?
      Alas! not all the blood of all the Howards."
    • Ennoble To raise to the rank of nobility; as, to ennoble a commoner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • ennoble To make noble; confer a title of nobility on.
    • ennoble To dignify; exalt; elevate in degree, excellence, or respect.
    • ennoble To make notable, famous, or memorable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Ennoble en-nō′bl to make noble: to elevate, distinguish: to raise to nobility
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  • Konstantin Stanislavisky
    Konstantin Stanislavisky
    “Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    “Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    “The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.”
  • Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
    “Providence certainly does not favor just certain individuals, but the deep wisdom of its counsel, instruction and ennoblement extends to all.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    “It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pref. en-, + noble,: cf. F. ennoblir,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. ennoblir—Fr. en (=L. in), and noble.


In literature:

It is said that the perusal of biography ennobles and develops the mind.
"The Boer in Peace and War" by Arthur M. Mann
Every man who wore it became ennobled in the eyes of every woman.
"Memories" by Fannie A. (Mrs.) Beers
The habit of command, where implicit obedience is to follow, ennobles.
"The Memories of Fifty Years" by William H. Sparks
I like an author who has the courage and self-restraint to leave his noble creations alive: too many try to ennoble them by death.
"An Englishwoman's Love-Letters" by Anonymous
The king had ennobled her with the title of Marchioness of Pompadour.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Was Judas extremely ennobled by the companionship of Jesus?
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
It is not by belittling them that we can raise ourselves in the eyes of the men of to-day or ennoble ourselves upon the pages of history.
"Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900)" by A. G. Hales
The third image that illumines and ennobles that convent is that of the famous titular saint, Nicolas de Tolentino.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
Octavianus was, therefore, the descendant, as we should express it in Europe to-day, of rich bourgeois recently ennobled.
"The Women of the Caesars" by Guglielmo Ferrero
Crowds followed him in the streets, and a King of Poland ennobled him.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli

In poetry:

And he for whom we claim this high, meet place
Comes heralded by ours—a nation's tears;
Asking with mute, worn, death-ennobled face,
A kindly union with his fellow peers.
"By The Grave of Livingstone" by Alexander Anderson
Where now is Greece? Whose sons unrivall'd trode
In arts or arms, the boast of human-kind:
Here reign'd the Muses, and their laurell'd god;
Here Truth ennobled whom each Grace refin'd.
"Time: An Elegy. Written Near The Ruins Of Elgin Cathedral" by Robert Alves
At these thy weeping gates,
Watching their wat'ry motion,
Each winged moment waits,
Takes his tear and gets him gone;
By thine eye's tinct ennobled thus, Time lays him up, he's precious.
"Saint Mar Magdelene; or, The Weeper" by Richard Crashaw
When to the ground deprest I was,
Our mushrooms and our bubbles,
Whom neither truth, nor wit, nor grace,
But wealth and pride ennobles
As cruel were as they are base,
And jeer'd me in my troubles.
"The Contented Man's Morice" by George Wither
What deed sublime by them is wrought?
What type have they of speech or thought?
What soul ennobled page?
No record tells their tale of pain!
Th' unwritten History of Cain
Is theirs from age to age!
"Steam In the Desert" by Ebenezer Elliott
Kindly she gathered around her knee
The dusky daughters, unfettered, free,
Of forest tribes, and, with woman’s art,
Ennobling, softening each youthful heart,
Fashioned them into true womanhood,
Slow unto evil but prompt to good.
"Sister M. B.’s Arrival In Montreal , 1654." by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

We can ennoble our work.
Memoirs tell us what we want to hear: that suffering ennobles.
Eric Ziebold ennobles the lowly ham hock, transforming it into an elegant terrine in an homage to Escoffier's split-pea soup.

In science:

This Anglo-Saxon word, which usually means mush or also curd, is usually ennobled by literary quotations (for example, Gell-Mann was inspired —as it is well known— by a verse of J.
Multi-verses, Micro-universes and Elementary Particles (Hadrons)