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[veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee, veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee] /ˈveɪnˌglɔr i, -ˌgloʊr i, veɪnˈglɔr i, -ˈgloʊr i/
excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc.; boastful vanity.
empty pomp or show.
Origin of vainglory
1250-1300; Middle English vainglorie, translation of Medieval Latin vāna glōria; see vain, glory
1. See pride. 2. ostentation.
1. humility. Unabridged
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  • I wish you well, for a pride founded on self-respect is pleasing in mine eyes; but take heed lest pride degenerate into vainglory.

  • In performing their funerals, they show no state or vainglory.

  • It is true, however, that avarice also is an evil characteristic of false teachers, being found hand in hand with vainglory.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • The temptations of vainglory are mightier than those of adversity.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • Indeed, for the monk ever to have been satisfied with himself would have meant a fall from humility to vainglory.

  • And how quietly and simply he has done it, without parade or pomp or vainglory.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • However many of his fellows may be put to death for thieving, the Tcherkess continues to steal out of vainglory.

  • He said he saw nothing in it but foolhardiness and vainglory.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • "But I'm the worst snag that ever either of you struck," he went on in his vainglory.

    Stingaree E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • Hence there is less danger of vainglory, and all their merit is preserved in the sight of God.

    Fraternal Charity Rev. Father Valuy
British Dictionary definitions for vainglory


boastfulness or vanity
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vainglory

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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