vaunt·​ed | \ ˈvȯn-təd, ˈvän-\

Definition of vaunted

: highly or widely praised or boasted about his own much vaunted ferocity— Calvin Tomkins

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Vaunted Has Latin Roots

The verb vaunt has been used since the 15th century with the meaning "to make a vain display of one's own worth or attainments"-in other words, "to brag or boast." Over time, vaunt developed the meaning "to boast of (something)," as in "the promotional flier vaunts the natural beauty of the area," and gave rise to the adjectival form vaunted. The history of vaunt and vaunted leads back to the Latin word vanus, meaning "vain" or "empty." (The word vain itself is also a descendant of vanus.)

Examples of vaunted in a Sentence

The team's vaunted defense faltered in the second half of the game.

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Venezuela is in default of $6 billion in debt, can’t pay to keep up its once-vaunted oil sector and is unable to reliably provide services like water and transportation. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuelans Skeptical of Maduro’s Latest Measures to Salvage Economy," 21 Aug. 2018 Trump believes that his campaign pledges, including his much vaunted — and still-unfulfilled — promise to quickly build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, are still rallying cries. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump escalates immigration rhetoric at rally to boost Cruz," 22 Oct. 2018 Ford incorporates a slew of new technologies, including the vaunted electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS), which uses electromagnetism instead of traditional steam to launch aircraft from the flight deck. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "First of Its Class, America's Newest Aircraft Carrier Is Underway at Sea," 10 Apr. 2017 The last coal mine closed in the mid-1990s and since then, the city’s vaunted pottery industry, which launched famous brands such as Wedgwood and Spode, has shrunk radically in the face of low-cost foreign competition. Donato Paolo Mancini, WSJ, "‘Extremely Weak’: A Pro-Brexit Bastion Takes Dim View of May’s Deal," 20 Nov. 2018 Michelin volunteered to make its vaunted Sport Cup 2 tires in a custom size for the Singer project. Eric Tegler, Ars Technica, "Working on this Singer 911 restoration “turns” Williams F1 engineers," 24 Aug. 2018 Many believe the moves give L.A. a defense capable of matching the big-play aptitude of its vaunted offense. Andy Benoit,, "Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters: How a Pair of High-End Corners Could Give the Rams the Edge," 20 June 2018 The Russian Army is ordering more than a hundred of its vaunted new tanks and armored fighting vehicles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russian Can't Afford To Give Its Next-Gen Battle Tanks to Most of its Army," 28 Aug. 2018 In Mexico’s first game, a 1-0 win against Germany, Osorio orchestrated a counterpunching masterpiece of a game plan, helping the Mexicans sidestep and stun their vaunted opponents. Andrew Keh, New York Times, "Love Story: Mexico Wins Again and Its Fans Roar for the Coach," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of vaunted

1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vaunted

from past participle of vaunt entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of vaunted

: often spoken of or described as very good or great : often praised

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to gather or build up little by little

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