From Middle English waynglori (“worthless glory”), from Old French vaine glorie, from Medieval Latin vana gloria, from Latin vana (“empty", "groundless", "boastful”) + gloria (“fame", "ambition", "boasting”), apparently modelled after similar terms in Germanic languages. Compare Old English īdel wuldor (“vain glory”) and īdelġielp (“vainglory”).
- Hyphenation: vain‧glo‧ry
vainglory (plural vainglories)
- Excessive vanity.
- Boastful, unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities.
- Vain, ostentatious display.
- A regarding of oneself with undue favor
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