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[glawr-ee-uhs, glohr-]
  1. delightful; wonderful; completely enjoyable: to have a glorious time at the circus.
  2. conferring glory: a glorious victory.
  3. full of glory; entitled to great renown: England is glorious in her poetry.
  4. brilliantly beautiful or magnificent; splendid: a glorious summer day.
  5. Archaic. blissfully drunk.
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Origin of glorious

1300–50; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French glorieus < Latin glōriōsus. See glory, -ous
Related formsglo·ri·ous·ly, adverbglo·ri·ous·ness, nounqua·si-glo·ri·ous, adjectivequa·si-glo·ri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·glo·ri·ous, adjectivesu·per·glo·ri·ous·ly, adverbsu·per·glo·ri·ous·ness, nounun·glo·ri·ous, adjectiveun·glo·ri·ous·ly, adverb



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Examples from the Web for gloriousness

Historical Examples

  • Why had my eyes been blind to the gloriousness of the morning?

    The Professional Aunt

    Mary C.E. Wemyss

  • The worst of it was that half its gloriousness seemed to have subsided before the pleasant manners of the head-mistress.

  • He does not merely rationally believe that God is glorious, but he has a sense of the gloriousness of God in his heart.

  • One would need an encyclopaedia, a row of volumes, of the gloriousness of human impulses.

  • Oh the gloriousness of freedom and silence, of being alone with my own soul once more!

British Dictionary definitions for gloriousness


  1. having or full of glory; illustrious
  2. conferring glory or renowna glorious victory
  3. brilliantly beautiful
  4. delightful or enjoyable
  5. informal drunk
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Derived Formsgloriously, adverbgloriousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for gloriousness



late 13c., from Anglo-French glorious, Old French glorieus (12c., Modern French glorieux), from Latin gloriosus "full of glory, famous," from gloria (see glory). In 14c.-17c. it also could mean "boastful, vainglorious." Related: Gloriously.

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