aggrandizement


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ag·gran·dize

 (ə-grăn′dīz′, ăg′rən-)
tr.v. ag·gran·dized, ag·gran·diz·ing, ag·gran·diz·es
1.
a. To increase the scope of; extend: aggrandized the authority of his position.
b. To make greater in power, influence, stature, or reputation: "The executive branch had aggrandized itself during the war at the expense of the legislative branch" (David Herbert Donald).
2. To consider to be or cause to appear greater than is really the case; exaggerate: aggrandized his contributions to the project.

[French agrandir, agrandiss-, from Old French : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + grandir, to grow larger (from Latin grandīre, from grandis, large).]

ag·gran′dize·ment (ə-grăn′dĭz-mənt, -dīz′-) n.
ag·gran′diz′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aggrandizement - the act of increasing the wealth or prestige or power or scope of something; "the aggrandizement of the king"; "his elevation to cardinal"
step-up, increase - the act of increasing something; "he gave me an increase in salary"
ego trip, self-aggrandisement, self-aggrandizement - an act undertaken to increase your own power and influence or to draw attention to your own importance

aggrandizement

noun
2. The act of raising to a high position or status or the condition of being so raised:
Translations

aggrandizement

[əˈgrændɪzmənt] N [of person] → engrandecimiento m
see also self-aggrandizement

aggrandizement

n (of power, empire)Vergrößerung f, → Erweiterung f; (of person, one’s family)Beförderung f

aggrandizement

aggrandisement [əˈgrændɪzmənt] n for aggrandizementper aumentare il proprio prestigio
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She knew that his mother neither behaved to him so as to make his home comfortable at present, nor to give him any assurance that he might form a home for himself, without strictly attending to her views for his aggrandizement.
A perusal of their journals, as well as the candid acknowledgments of such as have had a seat in that assembly, will inform us, that the members have but too frequently displayed the character, rather of partisans of their respective States, than of impartial guardians of a common interest; that where on one occasion improper sacrifices have been made of local considerations, to the aggrandizement of the federal government, the great interests of the nation have suffered on a hundred, from an undue attention to the local prejudices, interests, and views of the particular States.
Besides this, he saw the arms of Italy, especially those by which he might have been assisted, in hands that would fear the aggrandizement of the Pope, namely, the Orsini and the Colonnesi and their following.
This came to him soon and he used it well; for the Orsini, perceiving at length that the aggrandizement of the duke and the Church was ruin to them, called a meeting of the Magione in Perugia.
The whole fabric of our religion is based on superstitious belief in lies that have been foisted upon us for ages by those directly above us, to whose personal profit and aggrandizement it was to have us continue to believe as they wished us to believe.
That same jealousy which a husband cherisheth for the honor of his wife, the resentment which the son hath for the love of his father, a good vassal should feel for the glory of his king; he should pine away for the zeal of this house, for the aggrandizement of his service.
On returning to France, to the bosom of the great, strong, magnificent, peaceful, and glorious fatherland, I should have proclaimed her frontiers immutable; all future wars purely defensive, all aggrandizement antinational.
His transactions, huge and carefully thought out, were for his own aggrandizement only, and left always in their wake ruin and disaster for the less fortunate and weaker speculators.
From the early "Laudatio Urbis Florentinae" through the funeral oration for Nanni Strozzi, to his Historiae Florentini populi, to his diplomatic correspondence as chancellor, Bruni persistently evoked Florence as the ideal city whose historical achievements legitimated its autonomy, superiority, and even aggrandizement over the smaller Tuscan cities.
Cluff admitted knowing all along that he was committing a crime and he did it for personal aggrandizement,'' prison psychologist Tseday Aberra wrote.
They were all templates for male narcissistic preservation and aggrandizement, though the specific roles played and liaisons formed need to be portrayed in some depth precisely in order to show that Freud's theory was finally a theory received from and projected toward "his women.
They are guilty of releasing scores of convicted felons out on to the streets on the word of two rogue cops whose agenda was to pull the wool over the eyes of publicity-seeking politicians who sacrificed a fine Police Department for their self aggrandizement.