vainglorious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vainglorious feeling self-importance "too big for his britches","had a swelled head","he was swelled with pride"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Vainglorious Feeling or indicating vainglory; elated by vanity; boastful. "Arrogant and vainglorious expression."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vainglorious Filled with vainglory; glorying in excess of one's own achievements; extravagantly elated; boastful; vaunting.
    • vainglorious Indicating or proceeding from vainglory; founded on excessive vanity; boastful.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vainglorious given to vainglory: proceeding from vanity
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Usage

In literature:

And this did he to preserve his lowliness, and to avoid vainglory, which is the fretting moth of all virtues.
"The Most Ancient Lives of Saint Patrick" by Various
Where now was Ki Ki, the vainglorious hawk who had deemed that without his aid nothing could be accomplished?
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
He began to feel confidently, vaingloriously at ease.
"Skippy Bedelle" by Owen Johnson
The vainglorious Varro gave Hannibal the opportunity for which he had long waited.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
He was big, boisterous, stubborn, and swollen with pride and vainglory.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
Throckmorton stood vaingloriously back upon his feet and combed his great beard with his white fingers.
"Privy Seal" by Ford Madox Ford
He played badly but vaingloriously, crowing over his opponent when he won and losing his temper when he lost.
"The Trembling of a Leaf" by William Somerset Maugham
His pride and vainglory were broken.
"Northern Lights" by Gilbert Parker
The Russians at Smolensk were vainglorious at having outwitted Napoleon, and longed to fight.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Tallow Dick returned the glance in kind, and then both of them gazed steadfastly at the vainglorious new hand.
"Sundry Accounts" by Irvin S. Cobb
She compared with her own wages the wages of which the other maids in the house boasted vaingloriously.
"Germinie Lacerteux" by Edmond and Jules de Goncourt
Jack was not at all vainglorious.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
The main point of this lesson is that in a preacher or a teacher no vice is more injurious and venomous than vainglory.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
There were splendid fetes; luxury and vainglory.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Indeed, as to portaging I must yield the palm to my vainglorious successor.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 26, October, 1880" by Various
It was Peter Nichols who met the challenge, oblivious of all counsels of pride, culture, vainglory and hypocrisy.
"The Vagrant Duke" by George Gibbs
Was it only a vainglorious exhibition of his own human prowess?
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
In short, as you see, I'm a trifle vainglorious.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Nearer and nearer crept Chippy to the vainglorious patrol-leader who had spoken so scornfully of his ambition to become a boy scout.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
The first was Horatio Gates, a vainglorious man, given to intrigue and treachery.
"Hero Stories from American History" by Albert F. Blaisdell
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In poetry:

Vainglory's a worm which the very best action
Will taint, and its soundness eat through;
But to give one's self airs for a small benefaction,
Is folly and vanity too.
"Charity" by Charles Lamb
You have come back,—how strange—out of the grave;
Its dreams are in your eyes, and still there clings
Dust of the grave on your vainglorious hair;
And a mysterious rust is on these rings—
"Resurrection" by Richard Le Gallienne
Is this some grand affair of state,
A coronation, or display,
By some vainglorious potentate,--
Or can this concourse mark the day
Of some victorious hero's march
Homeward, through triumphal arch?
"Echoes From Galilee." by Alfred Castner King
Should somebody one day knock at your door
Announcing he's an emissary of mine,
Never believe him, nor that it is I;
For to knock does not go with my vainglory,
Even at the unreal door of the sky.
"Should Somebody One Day" by Fernando Pessoa

In news:

Not that Stalin wants it for his ambition or vainglory but because the circumstances and Russia demand it.
Mirror was the mirthless, pop-art comedy version, featuring Julia Roberts as the vainglorious evil queen.
A Verve Pictures (in U.K.) release of a Vainglorious Pictures production.
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