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
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v praise, glorify, or honor

glorify one's spouse's cooking”
Synonyms:
exalt, extol, laud, proclaim
Types:
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canonise, canonize
treat as a sacred person
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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

v bestow glory upon

“The victory over the enemy glorified the Republic”
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v cause to seem more splendid

“You are glorifying a rather mediocre building”
Type of:
aggrandise, aggrandize, blow up, dramatise, dramatize, embellish, embroider, lard, pad
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v elevate or idealize, in allusion to Christ's transfiguration

Synonyms:
spiritualize, transfigure
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

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