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vainglory

[veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee, veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee]
noun
1.
excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc.; boastful vanity.
2.
empty pomp or show.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English vainglorie, translation of Medieval Latin vāna glōria; see vain, glory


1. See pride. 2. ostentation.


1. humility.
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vainglory (ˌveɪnˈɡlɔːrɪ)
 
n
1.  boastfulness or vanity
2.  ostentation

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vainglory
c.1300, "worthless glory," waynglori, from O.Fr. vaine glorie, from M.L. vana gloria (see vain + glory). Related: Vainglorious.
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