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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for glorify
  • All that effort, all that time, all that money and all to glorify our continuing dependence on fossil fuels.
  • He lives to glorify the human body and appall the bourgeoisie.
  • The results are here, in painterly images that neither glorify nor vilify their subjects.
  • There is no week that this newspaper would not glorify them.
  • In horticulture there are a handful of ardent souls who exist solely to glorify a certain species.
  • And the nation can longer afford to glorify its leaders blindly.
  • These are prints that glorify the subjects and give them a magical aura.
  • Guru, a former caseworker, is troubled by both violence in the streets and those who glorify it.
  • But his escape route from these horrors seems to glorify the medieval mind-set, leaving me somewhat terrified.
  • We trust that his motive is to show people the foolishness of violence rather than to glorify it.
British Dictionary definitions for glorify


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 glorify

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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glorify 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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