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From Middle English glorious, from Anglo-Norman glorius and Old French glorïos, from Latin glōriōsus. Displaced native Middle English wulderful, from Old English wuldorfull (“glorious”), among other terms. Equivalent to glory + -ous.
- Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory.
- glorious deeds
- 1604, William Shakespeare, Othello, Act III, Scene III, line 351:
- Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump, / The spirit-stirring drum, th’ ear-piercing fife, / The royal banner, and all quality, / Pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war!
- Excellent, wonderful; delightful.
- 2012 August 23, Alasdair Lamont, “Hearts 0-1 Liverpool”, in BBC Sport:
- Borini missed another glorious opportunity to give his side the lead after brilliant set-up play by Sterling, but with only the exposed keeper to beat, he struck the post.
- Bright or shining;
- (obsolete) Eager for glory or distinction
- (archaic, colloquial) Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.
- 1681, [John Dryden], Absalom and Achitophel. A Poem. […], 3rd edition, London: […] J[acob] T[onson] and are to be sold by W. Davis […], published 1682, OCLC 228727437, page 16:
- 1790 (date written; published 1791), Robert Burns, “Tam o’ Shanter. A Tale.”, in Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, volume II, 2nd edition, Edinburgh: […] T[homas] Cadell, […], and William Creech, […], published 1793, OCLC 860627146, page 198:
- Kings may be bleſt, but Tam was glorious, / O'er a' the ills o' life victorious!
exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory
splendid; resplendent; bright; shining
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- Recognised, acclaimed, well-known; having an excellent reputation.
- Deserving religious recognition or commendation; godly.
- Marvelous or wonderful to the senses: attractive, pleasing.
- Amazing, great; bearing good quality or reputation.
- (rare) Vain, bragging, self-aggrandising.
- English: glorious
- “glōriǒus, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-10-04.
- 13th century, Unknown, La Vie de Saint Laurent, page 11, column 2, line 2:
- dunc dist Damnedeu glorious
- so, he says [to] glorious God