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Definition to give honor or dignity


to make someone a member of the nobility
  • Our objective is to enlighten and ennoble the liberal arts student.
  • I ennoble my work by dedicating each day's labor to another.
  • Today we do more than celebrate America, we rededicate ourselves to the very idea of America, an idea born in revolution, and renewed through two centuries of challenge, an idea tempered by the knowledge that but for fate, we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other; an idea ennobled by the faith that our nation can summon from its myriad diversity, the deepest measure of unity; an idea infused with the conviction that America's journey long, heroic journey must go forever upward.
    Bill Clinton (First Inaugural Address)
  • The very thought of her ennobled and purified him, made him better, and made him want to be better.
    Jack London  --  Martin Eden
  • All religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. All these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom.
    Albert Einstein
  • Liberty ennobles humanity.
  • It is not true that suffering ennobles the character; happiness does that sometimes, but suffering, for the most part, makes men petty and vindictive.
    W. Somerset Maugham  --  Moon and Sixpence
  • I hope my films help to ennoble the lives of those who see them.
  • Already, she has ennobled me in my own estimation, and made me three times better, wiser, greater than I was.
    Anne Bronte  --  The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
  • The small courtesies sweeten life; the greater ennoble it.
    Christian Nestell Bovee
  • I appeal to you as a man ennobled by education....
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • And a peroration addressed to women should have something, you will agree, particularly exalting and ennobling about it.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own
  • But their influence, though it escapes fame, shall live immortal in the lives that have been sweetened and ennobled by it.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • It is for madmen like us, perhaps, to ennoble it again.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • He felt ennobled and invulnerable.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • Today they seemed content to stand at attention, bask in the warm breeze, and allow the sun to work its ennobling magic.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The experiment, at least, is recommended by every sentiment which ennobles human nature.
    George Washington  --  Washington's Farewell Address
  • Poor, pitiful, shriveled wretch, with a soul so small that a little pelf would outweigh all things else that dignify or ennoble manhood.
    John F. Kennedy  --  Profiles in Courage
  • And this confession made his romantic gestures all the more ennobling.
    Amy Tan  --  The Joy Luck Club
  • When feeling love exists in us, ennobling, Each well-weighed word is futile and soul-saddening!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac

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