Glorious Glo"ri*ous, a. [OF. glorios, glorious, F. glorieux, fr. L. gloriosus. See {Glory}, n.] [1913 Webster] 1. Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; splendid; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, glorious deeds. [1913 Webster]

These are thy glorious works, Parent of good ! --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Most miserable Is the desire that's glorious. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]

kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, O'er all the ills of life victorious. --Burns. [1913 Webster]

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. -- {Glo"ri*ous*ly}, adv. -- {Glo"ri*ous*ness}, n. --Udall. [1913 Webster]

Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously. --Ex. xv. 21. [1913 Webster]

I speak it not gloriously, nor out of affectation. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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