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[glawr-uh-fahy, glohr-] /ˈglɔr əˌfaɪ, ˈgloʊr-/
verb (used with object), glorified, glorifying.
to cause to be or treat as being more splendid, excellent, etc., than would normally be considered.
to honor with praise, admiration, or worship; extol.
to make glorious; invest with glory.
to praise the glory of (God), especially as an act of worship.
Origin of glorify
1300-50; Middle English < Old French glorifier < Late Latin glōrificāre. See glory, -fy
Related forms
glorifiable, adjective
glorifier, noun
deglorify, verb (used with object), deglorified, deglorifying.
reglorify, verb (used with object), reglorified, reglorifying.
self-glorified, adjective
self-glorifying, adjective
unglorified, adjective
unglorifying, adjective
2. venerate, praise, worship, celebrate. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glorified
  • Those with an axe to grind call it an overpriced, glorified truck stop, and that's fine.
  • Many of the songs glorified the life, loves and ideals of youths who were expected to build and defend their new homeland.
  • Yes please spend more and more money looking for a glorified can opener that has outlived its use.
  • It's a glorified toy built by middle-aged hobbyists moonlighting as rocket scientists.
  • It also began winning converts who have long dismissed it as a glorified muscle car.
  • Defacing private and public property should never be glorified.
  • His luggage is one of those weird glorified backpacks with a handle on it.
  • Tenure is dying, to be replaced by a professoriate who either pay their own way with grants or are glorified adjuncts.
  • Not over-glorified servants to an elite that rather have no work and all play at the expense of aforementioned servants.
  • Worldwide is supposed to be chiefly a glorified sales house, marketing content dreamt up by free-thinking public-service spirits.
British Dictionary definitions for glorified


verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
to make glorious
to make more splendid; adorn
to worship, exalt, or adore
to extol
to cause to seem more splendid or imposing than reality
Derived Forms
glorifiable, adjective
glorifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for glorified

mid-14c., "invested with glory," past participle adjective from glorify. Weakened sense of "transformed into something better" is from 1821.



mid-14c., from Old French glorifier, from Late Latin glorificare "to glorify," from Latin gloria (see glory) + -ficare, from facere "to make, do" (see factitious). Related: Glorified; glorifying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for glorified



Transformed into something illustrious; glamorized: The Chrysler van is much more than a glorified golf cart (1821+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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glorified in the Bible

(1.) To make glorious, or cause so to appear (John 12:28; 13:31, 32; 17:4,5). (2.) Spoken of God to "shew forth his praise" (1 Cor. 6:20; 10:31).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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