an act or instance of , or increasing in size, or intensity:
aggrandizement of mercantile trade in the early colonies.
the act of making something appear greater than is actually warranted by the facts:
Some saw it as ego aggrandizement.
expansion of power, wealth, rank, or honor:
The department was used for the aggrandizement of its leaders.
An ambitious man might make his own aggrandizement, by the aid of a foreign power, the price of his treachery to his constituents.
The Federalist Papers Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison
The old Kittredge had sought only his own aggrandizement, and his son was his son.
In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
The aggrandizement which they have brought to the nineteenth century has not Waterloo as its source.
Les Misrables Victor Hugo
But what if the path of aggrandizement be also the path of safety?
Current History, A Monthly Magazine New York Times
On that system of aggrandizement there was but one mind: but two violent factions arose about the means.
The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12) Edmund Burke
For not so much to his own strength as to your laziness does he owe his present aggrandizement.
Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
It will be never used in aggression or for the aggrandizement of any selfish interest of our own.
England, Canada and the Great War Louis-Georges Desjardins
And in this comedy of aggrandizement the puppets were willing—as puppets must needs be.
Under the Rose Frederic Stewart Isham
Napoleon schemed for his own aggrandizement, but above him was a power which directed his efforts.
Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science Hudson Tuttle
The wars in which this system was evolved were wars for prestige and aggrandizement.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 5 Various
1650s, from French agrandissement, noun of action from agrandir (see aggrandize).
to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: to aggravate a grievance; to aggravate an illness. to annoy; irritate; exasperate: His questions aggravate her. to cause to become irritated or inflamed: The child’s constant scratching aggravated the rash. Contemporary Examples This, in turn, serves to amplify and aggravate differences of […]
annoyed; irritated: I get so aggravated when I get this much junk mail. Law. characterized by some feature defined by law that enhances the crime, as the intention of the criminal or the special vulnerability of the victim: aggravated assault; aggravated rape. to make worse or more severe; intensify, as anything evil, disorderly, or troublesome: […]
- Aggravated battery
noun knowing and intentional infliction of injury on a person that creates a substantial risk of death or causes serious impairment, disfigurement, or loss Examples Aggravated battery is a more serious form of battery, and is considered a felony, unlike simple battery which is a misdemeanor. Word Origin aggravated in this sense means ‘increased, magnified’ […]
- Aggravated trespass
noun (law) an offence in which a trespasser in the open air attempts to interfere with a lawful activity, such as hunting