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ennoble
used in Middlemarch

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Definition
to give honor or dignity

or:

to make someone a member of the nobility
  • Only those who know the supremacy of the intellectual life—the life which has a seed of ennobling thought and purpose within it—can understand the grief of one who falls from that serene activity into the absorbing soul-wasting struggle with worldly annoyances.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (5% in)
  • ...shorter way to dignity, to observe that—since there never was a true story which could not be told in parables, where you might put a monkey for a margrave, and vice versa—whatever has been or is to be narrated by me about low people, may be ennobled by being considered a parable; so that if any bad habits and ugly consequences are brought into view, the reader may have the relief of regarding them as not more than figuratively ungenteel, and may feel himself virtually in company with...
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (18% in)

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