ennobling

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj ennobling tending to exalt "an exalting eulogy","ennobling thoughts"
    • adj ennobling investing with dignity or honor "the dignifying effect of his presence","the ennobling influence of cultural surroundings"
    • ***

Quotations

  • Konstantin Stanislavisky
    Konstantin Stanislavisky
    “Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.”
  • Miguel De Cervantes
    Miguel%20De%20Cervantes
    “Good actions ennoble us, and we are the sons of our own deeds.”
  • Christian Nevell Bovee
    Christian%20Nevell%20Bovee
    “The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.”
  • Karl Wilhelm Von Humboldt
    Karl%20Wilhelm%20Von%20Humboldt
    “Providence certainly does not favor just certain individuals, but the deep wisdom of its counsel, instruction and ennoblement extends to all.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    Marcus%20T.%20Cicero
    “There are more men ennobled by study than by nature.”
  • W. Somerset Maugham
    W.%20Somerset%20Maugham
    “It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.”

Usage

In literature:

Any trade or occupation that is of use is ennobling.
"The Abominations of Modern Society" by Rev. T. De Witt Talmage
He is going to ennoble him.
"The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight" by Elizabeth von Arnim
Whatever there is of good, or self-denying, or ennobling, in his system, is altogether independent of his doctrine concerning the priesthood.
"The Christian Life" by Thomas Arnold
To grow up among things of beauty ennobles the population.
"Civics: as Applied Sociology" by Patrick Geddes
I want to recover faith in my mission, in my power to ennoble human souls.
"Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, March 28, 1891" by Various
Simple friendship and kind affections for each other will ennoble and benefit.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Crowds followed him in the streets, and a King of Poland ennobled him.
"A History of Pantomime" by R. J. Broadbent
Mariette was not of the type that sorrow and loss ennoble.
"The White Morning" by Gertrude Atherton
He was ennobled in 1867, while in this position.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol. 5" by Various
How may the study of the martyrs' lives purify, strengthen, and ennoble our lives?
"Sketches of the Covenanters" by J. C. McFeeters
***

In poetry:

"Yet feels the captive Briton's woe;
For his ennobled mind
Forgets the name of Britain's foe,
In love of human kind!
"An American Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
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
Young loves, all gently hovering round,
Their souls as yet had never bound
In soft and rosy chains;
No feeling muse had sought to raise
Their bosoms with ennobling lays,
Or sweet, harmonious strains.
"The Triumph Of Love" by Friedrich von Schiller
Yet who, thus looking backward o'er his years,
Feels not his eyelids wet with grateful tears,
If he hath been
Permitted, weak and sinful as he was,
To cheer and aid, in some ennobling cause,
His fellow-men?
"The Reward" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Be courteous and gentle! be serene and good!
Those grand ennobling and enduring virtues all may claim;
Of each may it be said, of the great multitude:
Oh that my life were more like such an one of blessed fame!
"Be Courteous" by Hattie Howard

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)
***