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[veyn-glawr-ee-uh s, -glohr-] /veɪnˈglɔr i əs, -ˈgloʊr-/
filled with or given to vainglory:
a vainglorious actor.
characterized by, showing, or proceeding from vainglory:
a vainglorious estimate of one's ability.
Origin of vainglorious
1470-80; vainglory + -ous
Related forms
vaingloriously, adverb
vaingloriousness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for vainglorious
  • Don't come off sounding too boastful or vainglorious.
  • He has always come across as deeply untrustworthy and extremely vainglorious.
  • Couldn't be otherwise with this vainglorious character.
  • There is no vainglorious obscurantism here to match the obscurantism of the poet.
  • My colleagues were much more vainglorious and eloquent.
  • The combats are not less fierce, but vainglorious boasting gives way to moods of humility.
  • However, it's not pride but vainglorious arrogance to act as if this bid is already won.
British Dictionary definitions for vainglorious


boastful or vain; ostentatious
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Word Origin and History for vainglorious

late 15c., from vainglory + -ous. Related: Vaingloriously; vaingloriousness.

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