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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for vainglory
Historical Examples
  • 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.

  • What you tell me will confound the vainglory of our modern sceptics.

    Balthasar Anatole France
  • This was the moment of triumph and vainglory to the coachman.

  • "But I'm the worst snag that ever either of you struck," he went on in his vainglory.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • Each of them constitutes for him who enjoys it an obligation and not a reason for vainglory.

    The Simple Life Charles Wagner
  • "vainglory is a sleeveless errand," murmured the spirit of the flagellant.

    Under the Rose

    Frederic Stewart Isham
  • But vainglory was no more a part of his nature, than was fear.

    Western Characters J. L. McConnel
  • Faction and vainglory are best defeated by humility and unselfishness.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • The temptations of vainglory are mightier than those of adversity.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
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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