View synonyms for glorious


[ glawr-ee-uhs, glohr- ]


  1. delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable:

    to have a glorious time at the circus.

    Antonyms: disgusting, unpleasant

  2. conferring glory:

    a glorious victory.

  3. full of glory; entitled to great renown:

    England is glorious in her poetry.

    Synonyms: distinguished, eminent, celebrated, noted, illustrious, renowned, famed, famous

    Antonyms: unknown

  4. brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid:

    a glorious summer day.

  5. Archaic. blissfully drunk.


/ ˈɡlɔːrɪəs /


  1. having or full of glory; illustrious
  2. conferring glory or renown

    a glorious victory

  3. brilliantly beautiful
  4. delightful or enjoyable
  5. informal.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈgloriously, adverb
  • ˈgloriousness, noun
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Other Words From

  • glori·ous·ly adverb
  • glori·ous·ness noun
  • quasi-glori·ous adjective
  • quasi-glori·ous·ly adverb
  • super·glori·ous adjective
  • super·glori·ous·ly adverb
  • super·glori·ous·ness noun
  • un·glori·ous adjective
  • un·glori·ous·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of glorious1

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Anglo-French, Old French glorieus, from Latin glōriōsus; equivalent to glory + -ous
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Example Sentences

Nonetheless, you guys persisted, becoming a major force behind the glorious storming of the Capitol, which resulted in some of you being arrested because, proud of your genius, you posted your treason on social media.

The stretches of water make patches of a beautiful emerald and a rich blue in the landscape … Pale orange sunsets making the fields look blue, and glorious yellow suns.

Then I sort of forgot about them again, until I watched Edgar Wright’s glorious documentary The Sparks Brothers, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

From Time

“Perhaps,” Vinther says, “there was a glorious past where dinosaurs were strutting around and showing their cloacas off.”

You’ve got to be able to control the narrative and persuade the public that you have led the nation on to great and glorious things.

To whet your appetite, you can relive that glorious moment (and watch other programs from the 2014 summit) here.

What a glorious yuletide moment of national fellowship H.R. 83 was!

And, thankfully, so too have its less glorious days of selling sex to teenagers who had already declared the brand uncool.

But then Ferguson happened and all of that glorious approach went out the window.

Or for the first time, if you missed the glorious train-wreck that was the Sex Pistols.

He had discovered that the all-glorious boast of Spain was not exempt from the infirmities of common men.

The works of God are exceedingly glorious and wonderful: no man is able sufficiently to praise him.

The glorious sun was strong in his might, and, like his Maker, warmed the northern world into exuberant life.

And he girded him about with a glorious girdle, and clothed him with a robe of glory, and crowned him with majestic attire.

Who broughtest down kings to destruction, and brokest easily their power in pieces, and the glorious from their bed.





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