vain·​glo·​ri·​ous ˌvān-ˈglȯr-ē-əs How to pronounce vainglorious (audio)
: marked by vainglory : boastful
vaingloriously adverb
vaingloriousness noun

Examples of vainglorious in a Sentence

a vainglorious woman who always insists on being the center of attention
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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vainglorious was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Vainglorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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vain·​glo·​ri·​ous (ˈ)vān-ˈglōr-ē-əs How to pronounce vainglorious (audio)
: being vain and boastful : showing vainglory
vaingloriously adverb
vaingloriousness noun

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