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vainglorious

[veyn-glawr-ee-uh s, -glohr-]
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adjective
  1. filled with or given to vainglory: a vainglorious actor.
  2. characterized by, showing, or proceeding from vainglory: a vainglorious estimate of one's ability.

Origin of vainglorious

First recorded in 1470–80; vainglory + -ous
Related formsvain·glo·ri·ous·ly, adverbvain·glo·ri·ous·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for vainglorious

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  • The other (greatly to the vainglorious man's surprise) said: "I accept the challenge."

    Aino Folk-Tales

    Basil Hall Chamberlain

  • There is nothing too extravagant or too vainglorious for me to say of myself.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • To have had a pastor always might have made them vainglorious.

  • Then even that had ceased and I had dropped into vainglorious apathy.

    Behind the Beyond</p>

    Stephen Leacock

  • The mob ran swiftly, with vainglorious shouts from its leaders.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom</p>

    Raymond King Cummings


British Dictionary definitions for vainglorious

vainglorious

adjective
  1. boastful or vain; ostentatious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for vainglorious

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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