• WordNet 3.6
    • v glorify bestow glory upon "The victory over the enemy glorified the Republic"
    • v glorify cause to seem more splendid "You are glorifying a rather mediocre building"
    • v glorify elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration
    • v glorify praise, glorify, or honor "extol the virtues of one's children","glorify one's spouse's cooking"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glorify To make (something or someone) appear to be more important, splendid, or valuable than would normally be thought; as, to glorify every routine job by giving its performer the title “engineer”..
    • Glorify To make glorious by bestowing glory upon; to confer honor and distinction upon; to elevate to power or happiness, or to celestial glory. "Jesus was not yet glorified ."
    • Glorify To make glorious in thought or with the heart, by ascribing glory to; to acknowledge the excellence of; to render homage to; to magnify in worship; to adore. "That we for thee may glorify the Lord."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • glorify To give or ascribe glory or honor to; magnify and exalt with praises.
    • glorify To make glorious; exalt to a state of glory.
    • glorify To raise to a higher quality, condition, or consideration; make finer; improve; embellish; refine.
    • glorify To vaunt; boast; exult.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Glorify glō′ri-fī to make glorious: to honour: to exalt to glory or happiness: to ascribe honour to, to worship
    • pa.p Glorify glō′rified
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  • T. H. Gibblings
    T. H. Gibblings
    “The surrounding that householders crave are glorified autobiographies.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    “I deal with the obvious. I present, reiterate and glorify the obvious -- because the obvious is what people need to be told.”
  • African Proverb
    African Proverb
    “Until the lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.”
  • Elie Wiesel
    “That is my major preoccupation --memory, the kingdom of memory. I want to protect and enrich that kingdom, glorify that kingdom and serve it.”
  • Andrea Dworkin
    “Childbearing is glorified in part because women die from it.”
  • Westminster Confession of Faith
    Westminster Confession of Faith
    “Man's chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. glorifier, L. glorificare,; gloria, glory + -ficare,in comp.) to make. See -fy


In literature:

It should be our chief aim and study to make ourselves useful to others; for we thereby glorify God.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
When we say this Creed with devotion and perfect faith, we honor and glorify first of all the Blessed Trinity.
"The Excellence of the Rosary" by M. J. Frings
Yea, if there were only as much paganism as Goethe found and glorified in Winckelmann, even that would not be much.
"We Philologists, Volume 8 (of 18)" by Friedrich Nietzsche
To have uttered the words that hung unuttered on her lips would have glorified him and brought shame to her pride forever more.
"From the Housetops" by George Barr McCutcheon
In a glorified language he paints glorified visions.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol III, Issue VI, June, 1863" by Various
A mere baby, to Isa, was no cause for that tone, and the glorified look.
"Joyce of the North Woods" by Harriet T. Comstock
Seeing a sunrise is like a glorified Private View, I think.
"Set in Silver" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
But if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on this behalf.
"Fables of Infidelity and Facts of Faith" by Robert Patterson
My desire is that I, a weak vessel of his grace, may glorify his name for his goodness towards me.
"The Dairyman's Daughter" by Legh Richmond
For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond

In poetry:

"Awake and sing, O star!" they cried.
"Awake and glorify the morn!
Herald the tidings far and wide--
He that shall lead His flock is born!"
"Christmas Morning" by Eugene Field
All thought begins in feeling,--wide
In the great mass its base is hid,
And, narrowing up to thought, stands glorified,
A moveless pyramid.
"An Incident In A Railroad Car" by James Russell Lowell
I lose to find. On fair-browed bride
Fair pearls their fairest light afford;
So, gathered round thy glory, Lord,
All glory else is glorified.
"I Know What Beauty Is" by George MacDonald
Jesus is coming! O sing the glad word!
Coming for those He redeemed by His blood,
Coming to reign as the glorified Lord!
Jesus is coming again!
"Jesus Is Coming" by Daniel Webster Moody
I know not—but last night I dreamed
That you were walking by my side,
And sweet, as once you were, you seemed,
And all my heart was glorified.
"Love Recalled in Sleep" by Robert Fuller Murray
He, glorified by god-like lore,
First showed my soul Life's highest aim;
When, like one winged, I breathed — before
The years of sin and shame.
"In Memoriam~ -- Alice Fane Gunn Stenhouse" by Henry Kendall

In news:

'The Birth of a Nation': When Hollywood Glorified the KKK.
For the 9/11 Memorial to Become a Glorified Playground.
Does Eminem's new song glorify domestic violence.
Rise From Poverty, Don't Glorify It.
Indeed, has there been much to glorify.
Let's face it: many rap songs celebrate, if not downright glorify, materialism .
As drug-related violence escalates, Tijuana is losing its taste for songs that glorify gangsters.
A New York congressman says Michael Jackson was a " pervert " and calls on society to stop "glorifying" the late entertainer in a YouTube video.
Glorifying the ultimate taboo with sleazy glee.
Let us make the world better by praising God at all times, glorifying Jesus by how we live, and watch others rejoice as they see us living in praise and then come to praise Jesus' name with us.
David Pilgrim, the museum's curator and founder says the museum is designed to teach tolerance, not glorify racism .
Don't glorify actions of trespassing rancher .
Saturday's glorified practice game against one of the weakest Division I-AA programs in the country did little or nothing to clarify Penn State's quarterback situation.
And, while things do row merrily along, the result is nothing more than a glorified after-school special best suited as a lead-in for "Bunheads" or "Secret Life of the American Teenager" on ABC Family.
Survey the glorified history of Los Alamos and the atomic bomb.