vainglory

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

Definition of vainglory

  1. 1 :  excessive or ostentatious pride especially in one's achievements

  2. 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>

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


First Known Use: 13th century



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