Definition of vainglory in English:


Line breaks: vain|glory
Pronunciation: /veɪnˈɡlɔːri


[mass noun] literary
Inordinate pride in oneself or one’s achievements; excessive vanity: his vainglory put the Republic at risk
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  • 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.


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



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  • I was young and vainglorious and often self-absorbed.
  • I too have at times fallen victim to this unfortunate and vainglorious impulse.
  • The book gives readers an unvarnished portrait of the man in his own vainglorious and poisonous words.


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  • 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.


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  • 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.

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