transitive verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English glorifien, from Anglo-French glorifier, from Late Latin glorificare, from gloria Date: 14th century 1. a. to make glorious by bestowing honor, praise, or admiration b. to elevate to celestial glory 2. to light up brilliantly 3. a. to represent as glorious ; extol <
a song glorifying romantic love
b. to cause to be or seem to be better than the actual condition <
the new position is just a glorified version of the old stockroom job
4. to give glory to (as in worship) • glorification nounglorifier noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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