glorious vs magnificent what difference

what is difference between glorious and magnificent

English

Etymology

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.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɔː.ɹi.əs/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɔɹ.i.əs/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːɹiəs

Adjective

glorious (comparative more glorious or gloriouser, superlative most glorious or gloriousest)

  1. 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!
  2. Excellent, wonderful; delightful.
    • 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.
  3. Bright or shining;
    Synonyms: splendid, resplendent, bright, shining
    • 1590, William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II, Act III, Scene I, line 351
      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.
  4. (obsolete) Eager for glory or distinction
    Synonyms: haughty, boastful, ostentatious, vainglorious
    • 1609, William Shakespeare, Cymbeline, Act I, Scene VI, line 6:
      […] but most miserable / Is the desire that’s glorious: blest be those, / How mean soe’er, that have their honest wills, / Which seasons comfort. […]
  5. (archaic, colloquial) Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.
    • […] kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, O’er all the ills of life victorious.

Derived terms

  • gloriousness

Related terms

  • glorify
  • glory

Translations


Middle English

Alternative forms

  • glorius, gloryis, gloryous, gloriose

Etymology

Borrowed from Anglo-Norman glorius, glorios, glorieus, from Latin glōriōsus; equivalent to glory +‎ -ous.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡlɔːriuːs/, /ˈɡlɔːrjuːs/, /ˈɡlɔːrius/, /ˈɡlɔːriəs/

Adjective

glorious (comparative gloriousere, superlative gloriosest)

  1. Recognised, acclaimed, well-known; having an excellent reputation.
  2. Deserving religious recognition or commendation; godly.
  3. Marvelous or wonderful to the senses: attractive, pleasing.
  4. Amazing, great; bearing good quality or reputation.
  5. (rare) Vain, bragging, self-aggrandising.

Related terms

  • gloriously

Descendants

  • English: glorious

References

  • “glōriǒus, adj.”, in MED Online, Ann Arbor, Mich.: University of Michigan, 2007, retrieved 2018-10-04.

Old French

Alternative forms

  • glorieus, glorios, glorius

Etymology

Latin glōriōsus.

Adjective

glorious m (oblique and nominative feminine singular gloriouse) (Anglo-Norman)

  1. glorious

Declension



English

Etymology

From Middle French magnificent, from Latin magnificentior, comparative of magnificus (great in deeds or sentiment, noble, splendid, etc.), from magnus (great) + -ficens, a form of -ficiens, the regular form, in compounds, of faciens, a participle of facere (to do).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /mæɡˈnɪfəsənt/
  • Hyphenation: mag‧nif‧i‧cent

Adjective

magnificent (comparative more magnificent, superlative most magnificent)

  1. Grand, elegant or splendid in appearance.
  2. Grand or noble in action.
  3. Exceptional for its kind.

Derived terms

  • magnificently
  • magnificent frigatebird

Related terms

  • magnificence
  • beneficent
  • maleficent
  • munificent

Translations

Further reading

  • magnificent in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • magnificent in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • magnificent at OneLook Dictionary Search

Latin

Verb

magnificent

  1. third-person plural present active subjunctive of magnificō

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