vainglory

noun
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 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, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 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, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 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, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 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, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 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, Star Tribune, 6 Nov. 2020 Into what idiocies of optimism and vainglory might humanity collapse? James Parker, The Atlantic, 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, 24 Jan. 2020 His fans loved the vainglory, the corncob pipe, the quavering tones, the martial romance. Hampton Sides, Time, 11 Nov. 2019

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vainglory. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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