One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]rare, archaic
Give (someone) a noble rank or title; ennoble.‘the frequent nobilitating of rich commoners’
elevate to the nobility, elevate to the peerage, raise to the nobility, raise to the peerage, create someone a noble, make someone a nobleView synonyms
- ‘He had recommended him to be nobilitated.’
- ‘The only way to be nobilitated was through valour in the battlefield, and not through other merits.’
- ‘His Lordship also (before he was nobilitated) had his coat armorial, according to the bearing of his ancestors, gilded on his closet books.’
- ‘He might overpower his opposites in the House of Peers, by nobilitating his natural children, or creating noblemen whom he pleased.’
- ‘I affirmed I would write to her Highness to nobilitate him with title of higher honour and dignity.’
Early 16th century: from Latin nobilitat-, from nobilitare ‘to raise in rank’: see -ate.
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