vain·​glo·​ri·​ous | \ ˌvān-ˈglȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce vainglorious (audio) \

Definition of vainglorious

: marked by vainglory : boastful

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
Recent Examples on the Web Billionaires with rockets: a valiant attempt to send humanity to the final frontier, or a vainglorious battle between inflated egos? David Vetter, Forbes, 5 July 2022 As a reward of sorts, Ma is dispatched to Vietnam for an ostensible vacation that’s really a covert operation, accompanied by his alternately vainglorious and spluttering Captain (Choi Gwi-hwa). Dennis Harvey, Variety, 3 June 2022 The former soldier and schoolmaster is presented here as careless, petty, monomaniacal, vainglorious, technophobic and, worst of all, bored by the lovely people and landscapes of Tibet. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, 25 May 2022 This kind of vainglorious self-regard disgusted Dickens. The New Yorker, 28 Feb. 2022 Turns out, his disappointment was of a slightly more vainglorious nature. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Jan. 2022 Roll your eyes at the ogre's vainglorious rhetoric. William Falk, The Week, 21 Nov. 2021 Societies of hunter-gatherers could be miserably hierarchical; some indigenous American groups, fattened on foraging and fishing, had vainglorious aristocrats, patronage relationships, and slavery. Kwame Anthony Appiah, The New York Review of Books, 14 Jan. 2021 Booth shot Lincoln in 1865, and we have been caught in his vainglorious, paranoid, negationist riptide ever since. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 15 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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“Vainglorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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