vainglory

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vainglory outspoken conceit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vainglory Excessive vanity excited by one's own performances; empty pride; undue elation of mind; vain show; boastfulness. "He had nothing of vainglory .""The man's undone forever; for if Hector break not his neck i' the combat, he'll break't himself in vainglory ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vainglory Extravagant pride or boastfulness; tendency to exalt one's self or one's own performances unduly; inflated and pretentious vanity; vain pomp or show.
    • vainglory To indulge in vain boasting.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Vainglory vān-glō′ri vain or empty glory in one's own performances: pride above desert
    • v.i Vainglory to boast vainly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Vain, + glory,

Usage

In literature:

Arrogance and vainglory would not have stood the test, but would soon have vanquished like morning clouds before the rising sun.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
Will not that inflame our pride, and increase our natural vainglory?
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
We are getting up our vainglories again, smoothing our peacock's plumes.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Faction and vainglory are best defeated by humility and unselfishness.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
They that desire to excel in too many matters, out of levity and vainglory, are ever envious.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to prose. Volume III (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland I" by Francis W. Halsey
What you tell me will confound the vainglory of our modern sceptics.
"Balthasar" by Anatole France
And this, too, was vainglory.
"A Child's Book of Saints" by William Canton
I have recalled these things for no vainglorious purpose.
"Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence" by Various
But vainglory was no more a part of his nature, than was fear.
"Western Characters" by J. L. McConnel
Then even that had ceased and I had dropped into vainglorious apathy.
"Behind the Beyond" by Stephen Leacock
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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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