Definition of glorify in English:

glorify

Pronunciation /ˈɡlôrəˌfī/ /ˈɡlɔrəˌfaɪ/

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transitive verbglorifies, glorifying, glorified

[with object]
  • 1Praise and worship (God)

    ‘music is used to glorify God’
    • ‘And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.’
    • ‘Then the shepherds returned glorifying and praising God.’
    • ‘I was just trying to point out that those songs are not right and are in no way glorifying to God.’
    • ‘Our purpose - to glorify and love our Creator - is not based on any particular state of our biological development.’
    • ‘With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified.’
    • ‘The essential point, in my estimation, is to recall we live in a society that glorifies and worships the famous.’
    give praise to, praise, extol, exalt, laud, worship, revere, reverence, venerate, pay homage to, pay tribute to, honour, adore, thank, give thanks to, bless
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    1. 1.1Acknowledge and reveal the majesty and splendor of (God) by one's actions.
      ‘God can be glorified through a life of scholarship’
      • ‘How exciting it is to use our spiritual gifts to glorify God and to grow to know the heart of a servant.’
      • ‘Do you not see that everyone in the heavens and Earth glorifies God, as do the birds with their outspread wings?’
      • ‘But when we and they share a common love and awe for God, we augment the sanctity of the world in glorifying God among the multitudes of peoples.’
      • ‘Adam and Eve were not only to glorify God in behavior, but they were to offer intelligent glory and praise to God.’
      • ‘The purpose of marriage is to glorify God as is taught by creation, redemption and eschatology.’
      • ‘First, art offers multiple, rich, and layered ways of speaking about and glorifying God, since art is unlimited in its range and expression.’
      • ‘Here is an extract from his writings on the theme of faith glorifying God.’
      • ‘Determined to glorify God with her life, she willingly set aside one objective after another until she discovered that only in God's time and way could her deepest desires be fulfilled.’
      • ‘Working for the church is a ministry, not a career; one does it to glorify God, not for remuneration.’
      • ‘One is the attitude of excellence, you know, to seek to excel and glorify God with the gifts and talents and abilities that he has given us.’
      • ‘Essentially, church leaders are asking what it costs to operate the ministry that can glorify God.’
      • ‘Your end as man - who is soul as well as body - is to glorify God and enjoy him for ever.’
      • ‘There are positive aspects to his book, such as his emphasis on the need to glorify God in all that we do.’
  • 2Describe or represent as admirable, especially unjustifiably.

    ‘a football video glorifying violence’
    • ‘Officers believe it glorifies football violence and it is understood that they are probing the legality of the video.’
    • ‘No, I think it glorifies football violence and the timing of it couldn't be worse.’
    • ‘Our television shows, our video games, our music, and our movies all glorify violence.’
    • ‘It's undeniable that this is a genre of work that could be thought of as dangerous, glorifying violence and criminality.’
    • ‘I wasn't interested in glorifying the violence, I was interested in showing it as I felt it growing up and as I saw it.’
    • ‘In fact, I would say much of television does glorify violence.’
    • ‘But in our zeal to do that, we go after everything that resembles violence or seems to glorify it.’
    • ‘He is leading an initiative to rewrite school books which he says unjustly glorify the partisans who struggled against fascism during World War Two.’
    • ‘Add to this a culture that glorifies violence and brutality, and the mix becomes explosive.’
    • ‘It has glorified this violence in books, films and newspapers.’
    • ‘The historical quaintness described at each river-side town the men pass glorifies the grandeur of a long lost Britain.’
    • ‘The majority of the film is set in Connecticut, and the production design is admirable, since it does not attempt to glorify the characters' lower class surroundings.’
    • ‘A text purporting to describe a battle may have been composed to glorify the victor or excuse the loser.’
    • ‘But, at the same time, the cancers are helped to metastasise by a culture that too often glorifies delinquency, misogyny, drugdealing and violence.’
    • ‘The good thing is that he doesn't glorify the old violence.’
    • ‘But he dismisses criticism that the film glorifies violence and highlights the futility of life in the underworld.’
    • ‘The film does not glorify war and certainly does not present its characters as heroes.’
    • ‘His fame comes from films that, in general, glorify violence and backwardness.’
    • ‘After the war they were used to make films which glorified communism.’
    • ‘We economists emphasize efficiency over equity, glorify greed, and exalt the achievements of free markets, to name just a few.’
    ennoble, exalt, elevate, lift up, add dignity to, dignify, add lustre to, add distinction to, enhance, increase, augment, promote, boost
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Origin

Middle English from Old French glorifier, from ecclesiastical Latin glorificare, from late Latin glorificus, from Latin gloria ‘glory’.