vainglorious

adjective
vain·glo·ri·ous | \ˌvān-ˈglȯr-ē-əs \

Definition of vainglorious 

: marked by vainglory : boastful

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Other Words from vainglorious

vaingloriously adverb
vaingloriousness noun

Examples of vainglorious in a Sentence

a vainglorious woman who always insists on being the center of attention

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The 62-year-old was brilliant, but also obsessive, vainglorious and prim. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 As early as his Eton and Oxford days, colleagues thought him vainglorious and untrustworthy. Stephen Benedict Dyson, Washington Post, "Tired of American news? ‘A Very English Scandal’ plunges you into 1970s British social repression and political ambition.," 3 July 2018 Mossadegh, who had once been a champion of the rule of law and national sovereignty, became increasingly autocratic and vainglorious after Parliament nationalized the Anglo-Persian Oil Co. in 1951. Reuel Marc Gerecht And, WSJ, "Don’t Fear Regime Change in Iran," 11 June 2018 No pro sports organization is more clandestine than the Raiders (Silver & Black Ops?), and yet none is more vainglorious. John Walters, Newsweek, "Raiders of the Lost Art of Winning: Will Jim Harbaugh Be Their Indiana Jones?," 5 Dec. 2014 Is Trump something other than a vainglorious, incurious and insecure businessman who now has the support of members of Congress who once reviled him? John Mcmurtrie, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,’ by Michael Wolff," 7 Jan. 2018 But Beijing still views entertainment as a risky and vainglorious investment sector for local tycoons. Thr Staff, The Hollywood Reporter, "7 Predictions for 2018's Biggest Stories in Media, Film and TV," 18 Dec. 2017 And this is just four days’ worth of tweets, all vainglorious and self-injurious. Charles Krauthammer, Orange County Register, "Trump’s tweeting undercuts implementing his policies," 9 June 2017 And this is just four days’ worth of tweets, all vainglorious and self-injurious. Charles Krauthammer, Orange County Register, "Trump’s tweeting undercuts implementing his policies," 9 June 2017

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First Known Use of vainglorious

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vainglorious

Middle English vaynegloryous, from vaynglorie vainglory + -ous -ous, after Middle French vaneglorious and Medieval Latin vāniglōrius

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The first known use of vainglorious was in the 15th century

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vainglorious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of vainglorious

: having or showing too much pride in your abilities or achievements

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