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[glawr-uh-fi-key-shuh n, glohr-] /ˌglɔr ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən, ˌgloʊr-/
a glorified or more splendid form of something.
the act of glorifying.
the state of being glorified.
exaltation to the glory of heaven.
Origin of glorification
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < Late Latin glōrificātiōn- (stem of glōrificātiō), equivalent to glōrific(āre) to glorify + -ātiōn- -ation
Related forms
deglorification, noun
reglorification, noun
self-glorification, noun Unabridged
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  • Half an hour before, she had been writing a letter home, in a whirl of delight and self-glorification.

    The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It was difficult to avoid smiling at his boasting and self-glorification.

  • The other, if you will forgive me, is no more than the desire for a cheap publicity, a form of self-glorification.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Even in the time of Moses this self-glorification was en evidence.

    The Dawn of Reason James Weir
  • Doubtless there was a touch of self-glorification in this, which, however, he kept strictly to himself.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • Also, their churches were meant for use; not show, nor self-glorification, nor town-glorification.

    Mornings in Florence John Ruskin
  • They had all joined the Band with the same objects, self-glorification and the advancement of their private interests.

  • That was a lie, of course—a kind of self-glorification, too.

    Night and Day Virginia Woolf
  • He grew a peculiar ability for self-glorification and for slugging the other man.

    Jewel Weed Alice Ames Winter
  • Much of Wagners earnestness in his demands for improvement in art matters is attributed by the opposition to self-glorification.

    Wagner as I Knew Him Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger
British Dictionary definitions for self-glorification


the act of glorifying or state of being glorified
(informal) an enhanced or favourably exaggerated version or account
(Brit, informal) a celebration
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-glorification

1826, from self- + glorification.



mid-15c. as a term in alchemy, "action of refining; state of being refined," from Late Latin glorificationem (nominative glorificatio), noun of action from past participle stem of glorificare (see glorify). From c.1500 in theology; general sense by mid-19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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