Definition of vainglory in US English:



  • Inordinate pride in oneself or one's achievements; excessive vanity.

    • ‘The first stanza reveals a speaker characterized by vainglory and chivalry at one and the same time.’
    • ‘Yet the book is a heavy volume of historic narcissism - a magnum opus of upper-class vainglory and scrupulous evasion.’
    • ‘True revolution is not about glamour, vainglory, or self-promotion.’
    • ‘She was ambitious to the point of vainglory.’
    • ‘At the age of seventeen, brimming with optimism and ruled by vainglory, Victor leaves his native Switzerland to attend college.’
    conceit, conceitedness, self-conceit, narcissism, self-love, self-admiration, self-regard, self-absorption, self-obsession, self-centredness, egotism, egoism, egocentrism, egomania
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Middle English: suggested by Old French vaine gloire, Latin vana gloria.