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Glory (noun)

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Glóry. n.s. [gloire, French; gloria, Latin. Among the old poets it was used sometimes as one syllable, glore.]

  1. Praise paid in adoration.

    Praise paid in adoration. Luke ii. 14.

  2. The felicity of heaven prepared for those that please God.

    Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterwards receive me to thy glory. Psal. lxxiii. 24.

    Then enter into glory, and resume
    His seat at God's right hand, exalted high
    Above all names in heav'n.
    Milton's Paradise Lost.

  3. Honour; praise; fame; renown; celebrity.

    Think it no glory to swell in tyranny. Sidney.

    Glory is like a circle in the water,
    Which never ceaseth to enlarge itself,
    'Till by broad spreading it disperse to nought.
    Shak. H. VI.

    And with that word and warning soon was dight,
    Each soldier longing for near coming glory.
    Fairfax, b. i.

    Can we imagine that either the ambition of princes, or interest, or gain in private persons, or curiosity and the desire of knowledge, or the glory of discoveries, could ever move them in that endless time to try their fortunes upon the sea. Burnet.

  4. Splendour; magnificence.

    Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these. Matt. iv. 29.

    Treated so ill, chas'd from your throne,
    Returning, you adorn the town;
    And with a brave revenge do show
    Their glory went and came with you.

    Aristotle says, that should a man under ground converse with works of art, and be afterwards brought up into the open day, and see the several glories of the heaven and earth, he would pronounce them the works of God. Addison's Spectator.

  5. Lustre; brightness.

    Now sleeping flocks on their soft fleeces lie;
    The moon, serene in glory, mounts the sky.
    Pope's Winter.

    From opening skies may streaming glories shine,
    And saints embrace thee with a love like mine.

  6. A circle of rays which surrounds the heads of saints in picture.

    It is not a converting but a crowning grace; such an one as irradiates, and puts a circle of glory about the head of him upon whom it descends. South's Sermons.

    A smile plays with a surprising agreeableness in the eye, breaks out with the brightest distinction, and fits like a glory upon the countenance. Collier of the Aspect.

  7. Pride; boastfulness; arrogance.

    By the vain glory of men they entered into the world, and therefore shall they come shortly to an end. Wisd. xiv. 14.

  8. Generous pride.

    The success of those wars was too notable to be unknown to your ears, to which all worthy fame hath glory to come unto. Sidney, b. ii.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Burnet, Thomas (45) · Collier, Jeremy (24) · Fairfax, Edward (30) · Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1 (48) · The Bible - Luke (10) · The Bible - Matthew (21) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · The Bible - Psalms (29) · Sidney, Philip (140) · South, Robert (158) · Spectator (140) · Waller, Edmund (63) · The Bible - Wisdom (12)

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