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Meaning of glorious by Wiktionary Dictionary

glorious


    Etymology

    Anglo-Norman and Old French glorius et al., from Latin glōriōsus. Replaced native Middle English wuldrig, from Old English .

    Pronunciation

    • ( UK ) IPA: /ˈɡlɔː.ɹi.əs/
    • ( US ) IPA: /ˈɡlɔɹ.i.əs/
    • Rhymes: -ɔːɹiəs

    Adjective

    glorious ( comparative more glorious, superlative most glorious )

    1. Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, glorious deeds.
    2. Splendid; resplendent; bright; shining, as the sun, gold, or other shiny objects.
    3. ( obsolete ) Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious.
    4. ( colloquial ) Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.

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Explanation of glorious by Wordnet Dictionary

glorious


    Adjective
    1. having great beauty and splendor

    2. a glorious spring morning
      a glorious sunset
    3. having or deserving or conferring glory

    4. a long and glorious career
      our glorious literature
    5. characterized by grandeur

    6. a glorious work of art


    Definition of glorious by GCIDE Dictionary

    glorious


    1. Glorious a. [OF. glorios, glorious, F. glorieux, fr. L. gloriosus. See Glory, n.]

      1. Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; splendid; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, “glorious deeds”.

      These are thy glorious works, Parent of good ! Milton.

      2. Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious. [Obs.]

      Most miserable

      Is the desire that's glorious. Shak.

      3. Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink. [Colloq.]

      kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious,

      O'er all the ills of life victorious. Burns.

      During his office treason was no crime,

      The sons of Belial had a glorious time. Dryden.

      Syn. -- Eniment; noble; excellent; renowned; illustrious; celebrated; magnificent; grand; splendid.

      -- Gloriously, adv. -- Gloriousness, n. Udall.

      Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously. Ex. xv. 21.

      I speak it not gloriously, nor out of affectation. B. Jonson.