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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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 SoCal Uncensored defeated the vaunted Bullet Club to win the world trios tag-team titles, and now Sky is near the top of the cards as both a singles and tag competitor. Jay Reddick,, "Scorpio Sky flying to new heights with Ring of Honor," 14 June 2018 But Denver traded a capable scorer in Wilson Chandler to Philadelphia earlier this month, part of a sequence of moves that continued on Thursday and allowed the Nuggets to get below the vaunted luxury tax. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "Isaiah Thomas has no choice but to be a sixth man after joining Nuggets on one-year deal," 13 July 2018 Play of the game: Mondesi's sweet tag in the second was a product of Morrison daring to run on the vaunted arm of left fielder Alex Gordon. Maria Torres, kansascity, "‘Fun-to-watch’ Mondesi continues to progress as Royals snap losing streak, beat Twins," 10 July 2018 The double-Akaushi-beef bacon cheeseburger challenges even the vaunted nearby burgers at Fred's and Rodeo Goat. Bud Kennedy, star-telegram, "Family-style dinner, BYOB wine new for Tanglewood-area lunch cafe," 1 July 2018 The other is 6-4, 230-pound Anthony Dedrick, who is better with his hand on the ground and helping a vaunted run game with his blocks. Richard Obert, azcentral, "The hybrids: Top 10 Arizona high school football TE/WR in 2018," 25 June 2018 With Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku leading the charge, Belgium features one of the most vaunted attacks in the 32-team field. Avi Creditor,, "LIVE: Panama Faces Star-Laden Belgium in Its First World Cup Match," 18 June 2018 Other members of the Astros’ vaunted lineup have also stumbled, particularly in the outfield. Jon Tayler,, "The Houston Astros Are Only Getting Better," 19 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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a state of commotion or excitement

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