vainglory

play
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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up vainglory? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

a small amount

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • winning-words-from-the-national-spelling-bee-logo
  • Which is the correct spelling of the winning word from 1988?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!