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[veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee, veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee]
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  1. excessive elation or pride over one's own achievements, abilities, etc.; boastful vanity.
  2. empty pomp or show.
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Origin of vainglory

1250–1300; Middle English vainglorie, translation of Medieval Latin vāna glōria; see vain, glory


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1. See pride. 2. ostentation.


1. humility.
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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.


    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

British Dictionary definitions for vainglory


  1. boastfulness or vanity
  2. ostentation
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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.)).

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