vain·​glo·​ri·​ous | \ ˌvān-ˈglȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce vainglorious (audio) \

Definition of vainglorious

: marked by vainglory : boastful

Other Words from vainglorious

vaingloriously adverb
vaingloriousness noun

Examples of vainglorious in a Sentence

a vainglorious woman who always insists on being the center of attention
Recent Examples on the Web Booth shot Lincoln in 1865, and we have been caught in his vainglorious, paranoid, negationist riptide ever since. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 15 Nov. 2021 Chinese police have arrested commentators who questioned the film’s vainglorious portrayal of a military campaign where, by official counts, nearly 200,000 Chinese died, including 4,000 who froze to death at Lake Changjin. Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2021 Our first sign that something more than garden-variety reactionary insanity is going on here comes from noticing that these vainglorious yahoos keep executing the same captive over and over. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 6 Oct. 2021 Shortly after his unceremonious dismissal by the vainglorious Kaiser Wilhelm II, Bismarck was asked his vision of the coming 20th century. Robert Wilkie, National Review, 19 July 2021 In the mid- to late ’90s, a slew of vainglorious startups raised millions of dollars and plastered the beach with billboards. Horacio Silva, Town & Country, 3 June 2021 These young men have no vainglorious desire to kill themselves in the interests of space travel. Joseph N. Bell, Popular Mechanics, 5 May 2021 Tahrir was born of the whim of a vainglorious ruler. Declan Walsh, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2021 Knowland’s insistence that boys be allowed to weigh arguments and information on the scales of their own intellect is nothing but an obstacle to the vainglorious egomaniac in the Head Master’s office. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of vainglorious

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vainglorious

Middle English vaynegloryous, from vaynglorie vainglory + -ous -ous, after Middle French vaneglorious and Medieval Latin vāniglōrius

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23 Nov 2021

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“Vainglorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of vainglorious

: having or showing too much pride in your abilities or achievements

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