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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. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for self-glorifying
Historical Examples
  • Society must not be too complex—its tone must not be too knowing and self-glorifying.

    Theodore Watts-Dunton James Douglas
  • He had arrived at a time when the unthinking, self-glorifying Thomahlians had all but exterminated the lower orders of creation.

    The Blind Spot Austin Hall
  • And that is—exemption from the hateful bonds of self-glorifying snobbery which have disgraced Europe for centuries!

  • We were all of us Americans—intense, self-satisfied, self-glorifying Americans—but we had little else in common.

    Recollections of a Varied Life George Cary Eggleston
  • A self-glorifying Deity whose mercy is not over all His works, or even over any of them?

    True Words for Brave Men Charles Kingsley
  • This command interrupted one of Sancho's self-glorifying discourses, and compelled him to see the order executed.

    Mercedes of Castile J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for self-glorifying


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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for self-glorifying



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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self-glorifying 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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