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[glawr-ee, glohr-ee] /ˈglɔr i, ˈgloʊr i/
noun, plural glories
very great praise, honor, or distinction bestowed by common consent; renown:
to win glory on the field of battle.
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.
adoring praise or worshipful thanksgiving:
Give glory to God.
resplendent beauty or magnificence:
the glory of autumn.
a state of great splendor, magnificence, or prosperity.
a state of absolute happiness, gratification, contentment, etc.:
She was in her glory when her horse won the Derby.
the splendor and bliss of heaven; heaven.
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
to exult with triumph; rejoice proudly (usually followed by in):
Their father gloried in their success.
Obsolete. to boast.
Also, glory be. Glory be to God (used to express surprise, elation, wonder, etc.).
glory days / years, the time of greatest achievement, popularity, success, or the like:
the glory days of radio.
go to glory, to die.
Also, go to one's glory.
1300-50; Middle English < Old French glorie < Latin glōria
Related forms
gloryingly, adverb
self-glory, noun
self-glorying, adjective
1. fame, eminence, celebrity. 4. brilliance, refulgence, effulgence.
1. disgrace, obloquy. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for go their glory


noun (pl) -ries
exaltation, praise, or honour, as that accorded by general consent: the glory for the exploit went to the captain
something that brings or is worthy of praise (esp in the phrase crowning glory)
thanksgiving, adoration, or worship: glory be to God
pomp; splendour: the glory of the king's reign
radiant beauty; resplendence: the glory of the sunset
the beauty and bliss of heaven
a state of extreme happiness or prosperity
another word for halo, nimbus
verb -ries, -rying, -ried
(intransitive) often foll by in. to triumph or exult
(intransitive) (obsolete) to brag
(informal) a mild interjection to express pleasure or surprise (often in the exclamatory phrase glory be!)
Word Origin
C13: from Old French glorie, from Latin glōria, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for go their glory



c.1200, gloire "the splendor of God or Christ; praise offered to God, worship," from Old French glorie (11c., Modern French gloire), from Latin gloria "fame, renown, great praise or honor," of uncertain origin.

Greek doxa "expectation" (Homer), later "opinion, fame," and ultimately "glory," was used in Biblical writing to translate a Hebrew word which had a sense of "brightness, splendor, magnificence, majesty," and this subsequently was translated as Latin gloria, which has colored that word's meaning in most European tongues. Wuldor was an Old English word used in this sense. Sense of "magnificence" is c.1300 in English. Meaning "worldly honor, fame, renown" of "the kingdom of Heaven," and of "one who is a source of glory" are from mid-14c. Latin also had gloriola "a little fame." Glory days was in use by 1970.


mid-14c., "rejoice," from Old French gloriier and directly from Latin gloriari "to boast, vaunt, brag, pride oneself," from gloria (see glory). Related: Gloried; glorying.

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go their glory in the Bible

(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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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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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