aggrandize

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v aggrandize add details to
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Aggrandize To increase or become great. "Follies, continued till old age, do aggrandize ."
    • Aggrandize To make appear great or greater; to exalt.
    • Aggrandize To make great or greater in power, rank, honor, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc. "His scheme for aggrandizing his son."
    • Aggrandize To make great; to enlarge; to increase; as, to aggrandize our conceptions, authority, distress.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aggrandize To make great or greater in power, wealth, rank, or honor; exalt: as, to aggrandize a family.
    • aggrandize To magnify or exaggerate.
    • aggrandize To widen in scope; increase in size or intensity; enlarge; extend; elevate.
    • aggrandize Synonyms To honor, dignify, advance, elevate, give luster to.
    • aggrandize To grow or become greater.
    • aggrandize Also spelled aggrandise.
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Quotations

  • Peter Conrad
    Peter Conrad
    “The historian's job is to aggrandize, promoting accident to inevitability and innocuous circumstance to portent.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. agrandir,; à,L. ad,) + grandir, to increase, L. grandire, fr. grandis, great. See Grand, and cf. Finish

Usage

In literature:

Alexander the Sixth, in wishing to aggrandize the duke, his son, had many immediate and prospective difficulties.
"The Prince" by Nicolo Machiavelli
But if you look closer you will notice that Christ's merit is belittled, while monkish merits are aggrandized.
"Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians" by Martin Luther
He was afraid that Caesar, who was a descendant of Venus, would be aggrandized at his expense.
"The Boys' and Girls' Plutarch" by Plutarch
The first of these moves was to aggrandize the "Association" to a "Church.
"Christian Science" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
M. de Vaudemont, intent upon aggrandizing the house of Lorraine, wished.
"The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete" by Duc de Saint-Simon
Strafford and Olivares, overthrown or defeated, aggrandized the immovable Richelieu.
"Cinq Mars, Complete" by Alfred de Vigny
The people were virtually enslaved to aggrandize a single person.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume II" by John Lord
He wished to aggrandize his monarchy; that aim was dearer to him than the reformed faith.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
History does not produce an instance of a family, which has so greatly aggrandized itself by marriage, as the house of Austria.
"The Life of Hugo Grotius" by Charles Butler
I.iii.128 (31,9) with a purpose/It hath to climb] With a design in each man to aggrandize himself, by slighting his immediate superior.
"Notes to Shakespeare, Volume III: The Tragedies" by Samuel Johnson
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In news:

Narcissists – you know the type: self-absorbed, arrogant, self-aggrandizing – are not necessarily more creative than others, according to a study by researchers at Cornell and Stanford University.
A ( Self-Aggrandizing ) Reward for Obsessive Readers.
Columbia Journalism School dean Nicholas Lemann has a few choice words for self-aggrandizing bloggers.
Isaiah Berlin defends Churchill against the charge that his writings are windy and self-aggrandizing.
Dick Cheney, the foremost practitioner of this administration's constitutional carelessness in aggrandizing executive power, regularly attends the Senate Republicans' Tuesday luncheons.
Isaiah Berlin defends Churchill against the charge that his writings are windy and self-aggrandizing.
On a personal level, he's everything I hate about the modern player – self-absorbed, self-aggrandizing.
In an effort to cut down on excesses the Chinese Politburo has banned self-aggrandizing ceremonies.
(Jan 27, 2011) It's a commonplace for comedians, actors and other celebrities to release hastily lashed together books that are little more than self-aggrandizing tributes to, in the words of Bill Hicks, their own fevered egos.
Wonder what AG Eliot Spitzer and Senate Minority Leader David Paterson think of this…I know it's tedious and self-aggrandizing, but watch it through to the end.
I read your self-aggrandizing commentary in Oklahoma Gazette ("A plan to fix DHS," April 4), and I have to reply that most of the problems your party is trying to solve is one of their own making.
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