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ennoble - vocabulary

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verb

To dignify, to elevate in degree or respect; to exalt; to confer nobility upon.

[S]uffering does not ennoble. It destroys. To resist destruction, self-hatred, or lifelong hopelessness, we have to throw off the conditioning of being despised, the fear of becoming the they that is talked about so dismissively, to refuse lying myths and easy moralities, to see ourselves as human, flawed, and extraordinary. All of us—extraordinary.

—Dorothy Allison Skin (1994)

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