vain·​glo·​ry | \ ˈvān-ˌglȯr-ē How to pronounce vainglory (audio) , ˌvān-ˈglȯr-ē \

Definition of vainglory

1 : excessive or ostentatious pride especially in one's achievements
2 : vain display or show : vanity

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Examples of vainglory in a Sentence

the vainglory that nations have historically shown after they have achieved military supremacy
Recent Examples on the Web Into what idiocies of optimism and vainglory might humanity collapse? James Parker, The Atlantic, "An Ode to Insomnia," 14 June 2020 Well, specifically, the organization that will present the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in a deep vat of vainglory on CBS at 8 p.m. Sunday, the Recording Academy. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Grammy Awards tainted by harassment, vote rigging allegations against recording academy leadership," 24 Jan. 2020 His fans loved the vainglory, the corncob pipe, the quavering tones, the martial romance. Hampton Sides, Time, "Douglas MacArthur Is One of America's Most Famous Generals. He's Also the Most Overrated," 11 Nov. 2019 Vidal gives wicked, witty renditions of the infighting, backstabbing and vainglory of such troublesome men as Gen. George B. McClellan, Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase and John Wilkes Booth. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, "Gore Vidal’s ‘Lincoln’ and other best audiobooks for summer’s end," 29 Aug. 2019 Her greatest legacy could be to inspire a new generation of philanthropists driven, like her, not by vainglory but by justice. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 Alex Martinez Wallace draws out all of Porthos' outsized vainglory to comic delight. Theodore P. Mahne,, "'Three Musketeers' is one for all and all for fun at NOMA Sculpture Garden," 12 May 2018 And now, in yet another unlikely occurrence, parrots, among the oldest victims of human acquisitiveness and vainglory, have become some of the most empathic readers of our troubled minds. Charles Siebert, New York Times, "What Does a Parrot Know About PTSD?," 28 Jan. 2016

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First Known Use of vainglory

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vainglory

Middle English vaynglorie, borrowed from Anglo-French veineglorie, from veine, feminine of vain, vein vain + glorie glory entry 1, after Medieval Latin vāna glōria

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“Vainglory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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