glorify

To glorify is to praise or honor something or someone to an extreme degree.

If you like someone, you might compliment or praise them, but glorifying takes that a step further. When something is glorified, it is praised to the highest degree possible. It seems right that great people like Martin Luther King and Gandhi are glorified. It can seem odd when athletes are glorified just for playing a game. Often this word is used in a negative sense. For example, a movie with lots of explosions could be said "to glorify violence."

Definitions of glorify
  1. verb
    praise, glorify, or honor
    glorify one's spouse's cooking”
    synonyms: exalt, extol, laud, proclaim
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    canonise, canonize
    treat as a sacred person
    ensky
    exalt to the skies; lift to the skies or to heaven with praise
    crack up
    rhapsodize about
    hymn
    praise by singing a hymn
    type of:
    praise
    express approval of
  2. verb
    bestow glory upon
    “The victory over the enemy glorified the Republic”
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    cause to seem more splendid
    “You are glorifying a rather mediocre building”
  4. verb
    elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration
    synonyms: spiritualize, transfigure
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
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