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vainglory

[veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee, veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee] /ˈveɪnˌglɔr i, -ˌgloʊr i, veɪnˈglɔr i, -ˈgloʊr i/
noun
1.
excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc.; boastful vanity.
2.
empty pomp or show.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English vainglorie, translation of Medieval Latin vāna glōria; see vain, glory
Synonyms
1. See pride. 2. ostentation.
Antonyms
1. humility.
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Examples for vainglory
  • Let us not be misled by vainglory into underestimating the strain it will put on our powers.
  • In performing their funerals, they show no state or vainglory.
  • And yet there are lots of reasons to see it as vainglory.
  • Many staffers, encountering him in the canteen or in early meetings, were surprised by his lack of bluster and vainglory.
  • It is the wealth of nations, and also their fraudulence and malice and vainglory.
  • vainglory in her own appearance, deceit in attempting to palm.
British Dictionary definitions for vainglory

vainglory

/ˌveɪnˈɡlɔːrɪ/
noun
1.
boastfulness or vanity
2.
ostentation
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Word Origin and History for vainglory
n.

c.1300, "worthless glory," waynglori, from Old French vaine glorie, from Medieval Latin vana gloria (see vain + glory (n.)).

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