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

Definition of vainglorious

: marked by vainglory : boastful

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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 The Thrombeys are a classically vainglorious clan of the white upper middle class. Estelle Tang, Vogue, "On the Perfect Casting of Knives Out," 4 Dec. 2019 Alma lived for another sixty-two years, years of vainglorious strutting, scheming, and disloyalty, years chronicled by her own memoirs and by her later diaries (which have not been translated into English). Cathleen Schine, The New York Review of Books, "It Had to Be Her," 7 Jan. 2020 The role is a wonderful showcase for Menzies, who sheds the petulance of his predecessor and brings us a Philip who is both prideful and impotent, vainglorious and deeply insecure. Kristen Baldwin,, "The Crown season 3 review: New cast, who dis?," 5 Nov. 2019 This is a strategy that must supersede any individual’s vainglorious pursuit of the presidency. Adam Eichen, The New Republic, "How David Koch’s 1980 Fantasy Became America’s Current Reality," 27 Aug. 2019 The 62-year-old was brilliant, but also obsessive, vainglorious and prim. The Economist, "The welfare state needs updating," 12 July 2018 As early as his Eton and Oxford days, colleagues thought him vainglorious and untrustworthy. Stephen Benedict Dyson, Washington Post, "Tired of American news? ‘A Very English Scandal’ plunges you into 1970s British social repression and political ambition.," 3 July 2018 Mossadegh, who had once been a champion of the rule of law and national sovereignty, became increasingly autocratic and vainglorious after Parliament nationalized the Anglo-Persian Oil Co. in 1951. Reuel Marc Gerecht And, WSJ, "Don’t Fear Regime Change in Iran," 11 June 2018 No pro sports organization is more clandestine than the Raiders (Silver & Black Ops?), and yet none is more vainglorious. John Walters, Newsweek, "Raiders of the Lost Art of Winning: Will Jim Harbaugh Be Their Indiana Jones?," 5 Dec. 2014

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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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“Vainglorious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vainglorious

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

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