vainglory

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English waynglori(worthless glory), from Old French vaine glorie, from Medieval Latin vāna glōria, from Latin vāna(empty, groundless, boastful) + glōria(fame, ambition, boasting), apparently modelled after similar terms in Germanic languages. Compare Old English īdel wuldor(vain glory) and īdelġielp(vainglory).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: vain‧glo‧ry

Noun[edit]

vainglory ‎(countable and uncountable, plural vainglories)

  1. Excessive vanity.
  2. Boastful, unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities.
  3. Vain, ostentatious display.
  4. A regarding of oneself with undue favor.

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Verb[edit]

vainglory ‎(third-person singular simple present vainglories, present participle vainglorying, simple past and past participle vaingloried)

  1. (intransitive) To boast; to act in a vain manner.