vaunt

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vaunt show off
    • n vaunt extravagant self-praise
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vaunt A vain display of what one is, or has, or has done; ostentation from vanity; a boast; a brag. "The spirits beneath, whom I seduced
      With other promises and other vaunts ."
    • n Vaunt The first part.
    • v. t Vaunt To boast of; to make a vain display of; to display with ostentation. In the latter sense, the term usually used is flaunt. "Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up.""My vanquisher, spoiled of his vaunted spoil."
    • v. i Vaunt To boast; to make a vain display of one's own worth, attainments, decorations, or the like; to talk ostentatiously; to brag. "Pride, which prompts a man to vaunt and overvalue what he is, does incline him to disvalue what he has."
    • v. t Vaunt To put forward; to display. "Vaunted spear.""And what so else his person most may vaunt ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vaunt To make a vain display of one's own worth, attainments, or powers; talk with vain ostentation: boast; brag.
    • vaunt To glory; exult; triumph.
    • vaunt To magnify or glorify with vanity; boast of; brag of.
    • vaunt To display or put forward boastfully; exhibit vaingloriously.
    • n vaunt A vain display of what one is, or has, or has done; ostentation from vanity; a boast; a brag.
    • n vaunt The first part; the beginning.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Vaunt vawnt′ or vänt to make a vain display: to boast
    • v.t Vaunt to make a vain display of: to boast of
    • n Vaunt vain display: boast
    • n Vaunt vänt (Shak.) the first part.
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Quotations

  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
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    “An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.”
  • Schines
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    “Men of real merit, whose noble and glorious deeds we are ready to acknowledge are not yet to be endured when they vaunt their own actions.”
  • John Greenleaf Whittier
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    “Of all that Orient lands can vaunt, of marvels with our own competing, the strangest is the Haschish plant, and what will follow on its eating.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. vanter, LL. vanitare, fr. L. vanus, vain. See Vain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Van.

Usage

In literature:

Into Miss Mary's demeanour there had came as great a change as that which came upon the Pay-master when she broke in upon his vaunting.
"Gilian The Dreamer" by Neil Munro
This is no vain-glorious vaunting.
"An Essay on Professional Ethics" by George Sharswood
And he had vaunted his engagement to her!
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
How sad a thing the much-vaunted triumph has proved after all.
"The New England Magazine, Volume 1, No. 2, February, 1886." by Various
The physical force which they had vaunted was called into action, and proved to be utterly inefficient.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
But they finished usually by buying specimens of the eloquently vaunted cure-alls.
"Primitive Psycho-Therapy and Quackery" by Robert Means Lawrence
It is very rarely that the youngest boy wishes to be a girl, or that men covet the vaunted privileges of womanhood.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
But he was treated considerately, though he vaunted intolerably.
"Campaigns of a Non-Combatant," by George Alfred Townsend
The vaunted fealty that would make his cause their own, lacks practical illustration.
"Red-Tape and Pigeon-Hole Generals" by William H. Armstrong
But it is not for me to vaunt myself for my voyages.
"Tales of Fantasy and Fact" by Brander Matthews
Of all the vaunted Past nothing remains to you save a few feet of earth, scarcely enough to offer you a grave.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 6, No 5, November 1864" by Various
So much for the vaunted 'generosity' of Henry IV.
"The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 (2 vols)" by Thomas De Quincey
For, in fact, it is not easy, if one thinks of the sorrows of the world, to praise the vaunted mercy of God.
"En Route" by J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
Display your vaunted flag once more, Southward your eager columns pour!
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
It vaunted itself as a regular turkey and was extensively charged for as such on the bill.
"Cobb's Bill-of-Fare" by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Unless you find a remedy for these enormities, you shall in vain vaunt yourselves of executing justice upon felons.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
Only the much-vaunted "Affondatore" had not yet joined.
"Famous Sea Fights" by John Richard Hale
One year it vaunted itself as the healthiest large city in the country.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. XXXI, No. 3, July 1908." by Various
The two men gazed thoughtfully into the little flame which vauntingly struggled to rear itself in the dense atmosphere.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
The dream was from heaven, and not all the vaunted wisdom of this world could interpret it.
"Little Folks (Septemeber 1884)" by Various
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In poetry:

No strength but his it has, and vaunts,
No store but his can show:
Hence nothing has, yet nothing wants,
Thy Husband trains it so.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
"But can stern Power, with all his vaunt,
Or Pomp, with all her courtly glare,
The settled heart of Vengeance daunt,
Or change the purpose of Despair?
"Cadyow Castle" by Sir Walter Scott
Petrolio, vaunting his Mercedes' power,
Vows she can cover eighty miles an hour.
I tried the car of old and know she can.
But dare he ever make her? Ask his man!
"The Braggart" by Rudyard Kipling
What though you may a matchless beauty vaunt,
And that all hearts can move
By such a power as seemeth to enchant?
Yet without help of love
Beauty no pleasure to itself can grant.
"Ditty In Imitation of the Spanish Entre Tanto Que L'Avril" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
It may be we shall not be found wanting!
Not as children with loud words of vaunting,
But strong as of yore;
Not last, on the highway of daring,
With the Red Rose of Lancaster wearing
The red rose of war!
"The Red Rose" by Cicely Fox Smith
In the dusk of death they laid them down
With naught of murmuring,
And laughter rings through the House of Mirth
To hear the vaunt of the high of birth,
For what are all the kings of earth
Before the one great King!
"The Vale Of Shadows" by Clinton Scollard

In news:

A much-vaunted new material may change telecommunications.
Mayors vaunt progress against climate change.
Mississippi State's vaunted defense isn't looking so good these days.
Welcome to being the object of worldwide web stalkerism, Sarah Savage — part-time model and Texas A&M student who is apparently the girlfriend of Texas A&M's vaunted quarterback, Johnny Manziel, aka Johnny Football, aka Johnny Heisman.
CHICAGO — Leave it to Tom Thibodeau's vaunted defense to crash the Knicks' 3-point party.
Vaunted Technologies That Don't Measure Up.
According to the Associated Press, the much-vaunted Republican ban on earmarks lasted all of 72 hours.
The much-vaunted Republican ban on earmarks lasted all of 72 hours.
The president's most vaunted reform is flagging but must be revived.
Lubrano's scheming the force behind Florence 's vaunted defense.
Georgetown guard D'Vauntes Smith-Rivers (4) leaves the court with Jabril Trawick (55) more.
CHARLESTOWN — During the summer, Jason Hawkins was couldn't figure out what was wrong with his vaunted offense.
The Wildcats were considered the state's top team for most of the year, but their vaunted could not slow Mentor 's quick strike offense.
The Eagles will unleash that vaunted rushing attack on the Bulldogs.
BP appears to be back pedaling on its vaunted commitment to alternative energy, renewing old skepticism about what the company formerly known as British Petroleum really stands for.
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In science:

The method used to prove these bounds is the vaunted trace method, ubiquitous in random matrix theory, of estimating the expectation of high powers of the trace of a matrix.
A sharp threshold for Kazhdan's property (T)
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