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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
First recorded in 1470-80; vainglory + -ous
Related forms
vaingloriously, adverb
vaingloriousness, noun Unabridged
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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.

    Auld Licht Idylls

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

    Behind the Beyond

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

    The Girl in the Golden Atom

    Raymond King Cummings
  • I answered, quite too happy to be anything but vainglorious.

    The Affair at the Inn Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The Germans introduced into their colophons some vainglorious notices.

    The Printed Book Henri Bouchot
British Dictionary definitions for vainglorious


boastful or vain; ostentatious
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for vainglorious

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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