Definition of aggrandizement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(British English also -isement) noun
BrE BrE//əˈɡrændɪzmənt//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈɡrændɪzmənt//
[uncountable] (formal, disapproving)
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an increase in the power or importance of a person or country Her sole aim is personal aggrandizement. He was a strong and greedy monarch who pursued a course of military aggrandizement from the beginning of his reign. Word Originmid 17th cent. (in the general sense ‘increase, magnify’): from French agrandiss-, lengthened stem of agrandir, probably from Italian aggrandire, from Latin grandis ‘large’. The ending was changed by association with verbs ending in -ize + -ment.
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