vainglory

noun vain·glo·ry \ ˈvān-ˌglȯr-ē , ˌvān-ˈglȯr-ē \

Definition of vainglory

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

Examples of vainglory in a Sentence

  1. the vainglory that nations have historically shown after they have achieved military supremacy

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Origin and Etymology of vainglory

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



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