vainglory

[ veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee, veyn-glawr-ee, -glohr-ee ]
/ ˈveɪnˌglɔr i, -ˌgloʊr i, veɪnˈglɔr i, -ˈgloʊr i /

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for vainglory

vainglory

/ (ˌveɪnˈɡlɔːrɪ) /

noun

boastfulness or vanity
ostentation
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Word Origin and History for vainglory

vainglory


n.

c.1300, "worthless glory," waynglori, from Old French vaine glorie, from Medieval Latin vana gloria (see vain + glory (n.)).

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