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

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
Recent Examples on the Web These young men have no vainglorious desire to kill themselves in the interests of space travel. Joseph N. Bell, Popular Mechanics, ""I Lived With the Astronauts": PM at the Beginning of U.S. Spaceflight," 5 May 2021 Tahrir was born of the whim of a vainglorious ruler. Declan Walsh, New York Times, "A Decade On, Silence Fills Egypt’s Field of Broken Dreams," 23 Jan. 2021 Knowland’s insistence that boys be allowed to weigh arguments and information on the scales of their own intellect is nothing but an obstacle to the vainglorious egomaniac in the Head Master’s office. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "England’s Top School Fires Teacher for Thought Crimes," 4 Dec. 2020 Inside the mind of Silicon Valley’s most vainglorious villain. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Is the fashion industry’s sustainability effort only skin-deep?," 13 Nov. 2020 The Thrombeys are a classically vainglorious clan of the white upper middle class. Estelle Tang, Vogue, "On the Perfect Casting of Knives Out," 4 Dec. 2019 Alma lived for another sixty-two years, years of vainglorious strutting, scheming, and disloyalty, years chronicled by her own memoirs and by her later diaries (which have not been translated into English). Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "It Had to Be Her," 7 Jan. 2020 The role is a wonderful showcase for Menzies, who sheds the petulance of his predecessor and brings us a Philip who is both prideful and impotent, vainglorious and deeply insecure. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Crown season 3 review: New cast, who dis?," 5 Nov. 2019 This is a strategy that must supersede any individual’s vainglorious pursuit of the presidency. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "How David Koch’s 1980 Fantasy Became America’s Current Reality," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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15 May 2021

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“Vainglorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vainglorious

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

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