glory

[glawr-ee, glohr-ee]
noun, plural glories.
1.
very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown: to win glory on the field of battle.
2.
something that is a source of honor, fame, or admiration; a distinguished ornament or an object of pride: a sonnet that is one of the glories of English poetry.
3.
adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving: Give glory to God.
4.
resplendent beauty or magnificence: the glory of autumn.
5.
a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
6.
a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.: She was in her glory when her horse won the Derby.
7.
the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.
8.
a ring, circle, or surrounding radiance of light represented about the head or the whole figure of a sacred person, as Christ or a saint; a halo, nimbus, or aureole.
verb (used without object), gloried, glorying.
10.
to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly (usually followed by in ): Their father gloried in their success.
11.
Obsolete. to boast.
interjection
12.
Also, glory be. Glory be to God (used to express surprise, elation, wonder, etc.).
Idioms
13.
glory days/years, the time of greatest achievement, popularity, success, or the like: the glory days of radio.
14.
go to glory, to die. Also, go to one's glory.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English < Old French glorie < Latin glōria

gloryingly, adverb
self-glory, noun
self-glorying, adjective


1. fame, eminence, celebrity. 4. brilliance, refulgence, effulgence.


1. disgrace, obloquy.
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glory (ˈɡlɔːrɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  exaltation, praise, or honour, as that accorded by general consent: the glory for the exploit went to the captain
2.  something that brings or is worthy of praise (esp in the phrase crowning glory)
3.  thanksgiving, adoration, or worship: glory be to God
4.  pomp; splendour: the glory of the king's reign
5.  radiant beauty; resplendence: the glory of the sunset
6.  the beauty and bliss of heaven
7.  a state of extreme happiness or prosperity
8.  halo another word for nimbus
 
vb (often foll by in) , -ries, -ries, -rying, -ried
9.  to triumph or exult
10.  obsolete (intr) to brag
 
interj
11.  informal a mild interjection to express pleasure or surprise (often in the exclamatory phrase glory be!)
 
[C13: from Old French glorie, from Latin glōria, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

glory
c.1300, "magnificence," from O.Fr. glorie, from L. gloria "great praise or honor," of uncertain origin. Gk. doxa "expectation" (Homer), later "opinion, fame," and ultimately "glory," was used in Biblical writing to translate a Heb. word which had a sense of "brightness, splendor, magnificence, majesty,"
and this was subsequently translated as L. gloria, which has colored that word's meaning in most European tongues. Wuldor was an O.E. word used in this sense. Glory days was in use by 1980s; glorious is c.1300, from O.Fr. glorieus, from L. gloriosus "full of glory," from gloria. In 14c.-17c. it also could mean "boastful, vainglorious." Glorified in the sense of "transformed into something better" is recorded from 1821.
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Bible Dictionary

Glory definition


(Heb. kabhod; Gr. doxa). (1.) Abundance, wealth, treasure, and hence honour (Ps. 49:12); glory (Gen. 31:1; Matt. 4:8; Rev. 21:24, 26). (2.) Honour, dignity (1 Kings 3:13; Heb. 2:7 1 Pet. 1:24); of God (Ps. 19:1; 29:1); of the mind or heart (Gen. 49:6; Ps. 7:5; Acts 2:46). (3.) Splendour, brightness, majesty (Gen. 45:13; Isa. 4:5; Acts 22:11; 2 Cor. 3:7); of Jehovah (Isa. 59:19; 60:1; 2 Thess. 1:9). (4.) The glorious moral attributes, the infinite perfections of God (Isa. 40:5; Acts 7:2; Rom. 1:23; 9:23; Eph. 1:12). Jesus is the "brightness of the Father's glory" (Heb. 1:3; John 1:14; 2:11). (5.) The bliss of heaven (Rom. 2:7, 10; 5:2; 8:18; Heb. 2:10; 1 Pet. 5:1, 10). (6.) The phrase "Give glory to God" (Josh. 7:19; Jer. 13:16) is a Hebrew idiom meaning, "Confess your sins." The words of the Jews to the blind man, "Give God the praise" (John 9:24), are an adjuration to confess. They are equivalent to, "Confess that you are an impostor," "Give God the glory by speaking the truth;" for they denied that a miracle had been wrought.

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Idioms & Phrases

glory

see in one's glory.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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glory

the apparently enormously magnified shadow of an observer cast, when the Sun is low, upon the upper surfaces of clouds that are below the mountain upon which he stands. The apparent magnification of size of the shadow is an optical illusion that occurs when the observer judges his shadow on relatively nearby clouds to be at the same distance as faraway land objects seen through gaps in the clouds. The phenomenon is often observed on mountain peaks but is recorded in literature with special reference to the Brocken, a peak in the Harz Mountains in Germany where the Brocken bow sometimes produces spectacular effects. The observer's shadow is often surrounded by coloured bands or rings that are the result of the diffraction of sunlight by water droplets in the cloud. The phenomenon of rainbowlike bands around a shadow on a cloud is also commonly observed from airplanes flying in sunlight above a cloud layer

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Example sentences
These are the glory days of public-health awareness.
Those glory years depended on specific historical factors conductive to heavy
  industry, such as proximity to mines and waterways.
The second floor, once the main reception room of this wealthy merchant's home,
  reveals faint traces of its former glory.
The academic race for glory and prestige will intensify, though with no
  necessary connection to academic worth.
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