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Definition of "vainglory" []

  • Boastful, unwarranted pride in one's accomplishments or qualities. (noun)
  • Vain, ostentatious display. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vainglory" in a sentence
  • "At the outset, Hobbes’s psychology treated what he called vainglory as a pathological condition based on ignorance of man’s vulnerability, on unjustified confidence."
  • "The passion whose violence or continuance maketh madness is either great vainglory, which is commonly called pride and self-conceit, or great dejection of mind."
  • "And this did he to preserve his lowliness, and to avoid vainglory, which is the fretting moth of all virtues."