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vaunt

verb \ ˈvȯnt , ˈvänt \

Definition of vaunt

intransitive verb
:to make a vain display of one's own worth or attainments :brag
transitive verb
:to call attention to pridefully and often boastfully
  • people who vaunt their ingenuity

vaunter

noun

vauntingly

play \ˈvȯn-tiŋ-lē, ˈvän-\ adverb

Examples of vaunt in a Sentence

  1. even the noblest of fellows have been known to vaunt a bit

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Origin and Etymology of vaunt

Middle English vaunten "to speak vainly, boast," borrowed from Anglo-French vanter, vaunter, going back to Late Latin vānitāre (only in participial forms vānitantēs, vānitantia), frequentative derivative of *vānāre "to make a vain display," derivative of Latin vānus "lacking content, empty, illusory, marked by foolish or empty pride" — more at 1wane

Synonym Discussion of vaunt

boast, brag, vaunt, crow mean to express pride in oneself or one's accomplishments. boast often suggests ostentation and exaggeration
    • boasts of every trivial success
, but it may imply a claiming with proper and justifiable pride.
    • the town boasts one of the best museums in the area
brag suggests crudity and artlessness in glorifying oneself.
    • bragging of their exploits
vaunt usually connotes more pomp and bombast than boast and less crudity or naïveté than brag.
    • vaunted his country's military might
crow usually implies exultant boasting or bragging.
    • crowed after winning the championship

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vaunt

noun

Definition of vaunt

1 :a vainglorious display of what one is or has or has done
2 :a bragging assertive statement

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Origin and Etymology of vaunt

Middle English, probably aphetic form of avaunt "boast," noun derivative of avaunten "to boast, brag," borrowed from Anglo-French avanter "to boast about," from a-, prefix in transitive verbs (going back to Latin ad-) + vanter "to boast" — more at ad-, 1vaunt



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