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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: agrandissement, from agrandir, from grandir 'to increase'

aggrandizement

noun
     
ag‧gran‧dize‧ment also aggrandisement British English [uncountable]
when a person or country tries to increase their power or importance - used to show disapproval:
the misuse of authority for personal aggrandizement

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