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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
  • After all, what vainglory need there be in accidents of birth or fortune.

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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