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glorify

[glawr-uh-fahy, glohr-] /ˈglɔr əˌfaɪ, ˈgloʊr-/
verb (used with object), glorified, glorifying.
1.
to cause to be or treat as being more splendid, excellent, etc., than would normally be considered.
2.
to honor with praise, admiration, or worship; extol.
3.
to make glorious; invest with glory.
4.
to praise the glory of (God), especially as an act of worship.
Origin
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
2. venerate, praise, worship, celebrate.
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Examples 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

glorify

/ˈɡlɔːrɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
to make glorious
2.
to make more splendid; adorn
3.
to worship, exalt, or adore
4.
to extol
5.
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
v.

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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