[glawr-uh-fahy, glohr-]
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verb (used with object), glo·ri·fied, glo·ri·fy·ing.
  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 of glorify

1300–50; Middle English < Old French glorifier < Late Latin glōrificāre. See glory, -fy
Related formsglo·ri·fi·a·ble, adjectiveglo·ri·fi·er, nounde·glo·ri·fy, verb (used with object), de·glo·ri·fied, de·glo·ri·fy··glo·ri·fy, verb (used with object), re·glo·ri·fied, re·glo·ri·fy·ing.self-glo·ri·fied, adjectiveself-glo·ri·fy·ing, adjectiveun·glo·ri·fied, adjectiveun·glo·ri·fy·ing, adjective

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Contemporary Examples of glorify

Historical Examples of glorify

  • We intend to glorify the love of danger, the custom of energy, the strengt of daring.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • No saga will ever glorify their deeds, no epic make them immortal.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • You cannot glorify God more than by publishing good-will to one another.

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • To glorify labor and decry wealth is to multiply absurdities.


    William Graham Sumner

  • The book has been written neither to aid the Abolitionist nor glorify the planter.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

British Dictionary definitions for glorify


verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  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 Formsglorifiable, adjectiveglorifier, noun
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Word Origin and History for glorify

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