vainglory

noun

vain·​glo·​ry ˈvān-ˌglȯr-ē How to pronounce vainglory (audio)
ˌvān-ˈglȯr-ē
1
: excessive or ostentatious pride especially in one's achievements
2
: vain display or show : vanity

Example Sentences

the vainglory that nations have historically shown after they have achieved military supremacy
Recent Examples on the Web For all his vainglory, Mitchell was onto something in betting on a race as an aeronautical showcase. Michael O’donnell, WSJ, 18 Nov. 2022 Behind closed doors, people are nervously voicing that the annual grandstanding on stage has shifted too much towards vainglory, rather than progress against staggering challenges. Charles Beames, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vainglory was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vainglory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vainglory. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

vainglory

noun

vain·​glo·​ry ˈvān-ˌglōr-ē How to pronounce vainglory (audio)
-ˌglȯr-
: too much pride especially in what one has done
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