Definition of vaunted
- his own much vaunted ferocity
- —Calvin Tomkins
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The team's vaunted defense faltered in the second half of the game.
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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.)
: often spoken of or described as very good or great : often praised
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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