[veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee, veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee]
- excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc.; boastful vanity.
- empty pomp or show.
Origin of vainglory
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1. See pride. 2. ostentation.
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Examples from the Web for vainglory
I can say with a clear conscience, without any vainglory, that I had no fears for myself.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
In performing their funerals, they show no state or vainglory.Tacitus on Germany
What you tell me will confound the vainglory of our modern sceptics.Balthasar
This was the moment of triumph and vainglory to the coachman.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.
"But I'm the worst snag that ever either of you struck," he went on in his vainglory.Stingaree</p>
E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
- boastfulness or vanity
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Word Origin and History for vainglory
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