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adjective (more glorious, most glorious)
  1. Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, glorious deeds.
  • 1604: 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! " William Shakespeare, Othello, Act III, Scene III, line 351.
  • These are thy glorious works, Parent of good " Milton.
    1. Splendid; resplendent; bright; shining, as the sun, gold, or other shiny objects.
  • Quotations
  • 1590: And this fell tempest shall not cease to rage Until the golden circuit on my head, Like to the glorious sun's transparent beams, Do calm the fury of this mad-bred flaw. " William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act III, Scene I, line 351.
    1. (obsolete) Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious.
  • Quotations
  • 1609: ... but most miserable Is the desire that"s glorious. Blessed be those, How mean soe"er, that have their honest wills, Which seasons comfort. " William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act I, Scene VI, line 6.
    1. (colloquial) Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.
  • Quotations
  • 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.

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