• Latin: gloriare, to glorify, to honor


Term with many shades of meaning, e.g., praise, admiration; honor, celestial honor, splendor, or brightness. The word occurs frequently in Holy Writ to denote a visible, physical phenomenon: “And the glory of the Lord dwelt upon Sinai” (Exodus 24). Again it is used to designate the power and greatness of the Creator: “The heavens shew forth the glory of God” (Psalm 18). Sometimes the word occurs in the sense of future eternal reward of the just: “I reckon that the sufferings of this time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come” (Roman 8).

Glory is also employed to designate a nimbus or aureole, especially if not only the head is surrounded by the disk but if also the entire body radiates brightness.

MLA Citation

  • “glory”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 30 December 2010. Web. 23 February 2020. <>