Definition of vainglory in English:

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Pronunciation: /veɪnˈɡlɔːri/


[mass noun] literary
Excessive pride in oneself or one’s achievements; excessive vanity: his vainglory put the Republic at risk
More example sentences
  • Yet the book is a heavy volume of historic narcissism - a magnum opus of upper-class vainglory and scrupulous evasion.
  • At the age of seventeen, brimming with optimism and ruled by vainglory, Victor leaves his native Switzerland to attend college.
  • She was ambitious to the point of vainglory.



Pronunciation: /veɪnˈɡlɔːrɪəsli/
Example sentences
  • Each week another dire e-commerce venture sinks vaingloriously beneath the mire.
  • But are they really any more vaingloriously ambitious than those constructed by the landed aristocracy of the 18th century, Victorian mill-owners, or Citizen Kane himself?
  • If the city only thinks of its own image, it is actually behaving vaingloriously.


Pronunciation: /veɪnˈɡlɔːrɪəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • In court papers and interviews, the two lawyers have further accused each other of vaingloriousness.
  • If I may say so, lording your success over me by boasting that you told me so is truly the height of vaingloriousness, considering that when we last spoke I remember offering only encouragement.
  • I was studying the books of eloquence; for in eloquence it was my ambition to shine, all from a damnable vaingloriousness and for the satisfaction of human vanity.


Middle English: suggested by Old French vaine gloire, Latin vana gloria.

Words that rhyme with vainglory

cacciatore, Corey, dory, Florey, flory, furore, glory, gory, hoary, hunky-dory, lory, Maury, monsignori, Montessori, multistorey, Pori, Rory, satori, saury, storey, story, Tory

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