Illustrious vs Glorious - What's the difference?

illustrious | glorious |


As adjectives the difference between illustrious and glorious

is that illustrious is dignified while glorious is exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, glorious deeds.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

illustrious

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • dignified
  • glorious

    English

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Exhibiting attributes, qualities, or acts that are worthy of or receive glory; noble; praiseworthy; excellent; illustrious; inspiring admiration; as, 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!
  • * (rfdate) (John Milton):
  • These are thy glorious works, Parent of good.
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  • 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.
  • Splendid; resplendent; bright; shining, as the sun, gold, or other shiny objects.
  • * 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.
  • (obsolete) Eager for glory or distinction; haughty; boastful; ostentatious; vainglorious.
  • * 1609 , William Shakespeare, Cymbeline , Act I, Scene VI, line 6:
  • (colloquial) Ecstatic; hilarious; elated with drink.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious , O’er all the ills of life victorious.
  • * (rfdate) :
  • During his office treason was no crime, The sons of Belial had a glorious time.

    Derived terms

    * gloriousness