One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Excessive pride in oneself or one's achievements; excessive vanity.‘his vainglory put the Republic at risk’
conceit, conceitedness, self-conceit, narcissism, self-love, self-admiration, self-regard, self-absorption, self-obsession, self-centredness, egotism, egoism, egocentrism, egomaniaView synonyms
- ‘Yet the book is a heavy volume of historic narcissism - a magnum opus of upper-class vainglory and scrupulous evasion.’
- ‘The first stanza reveals a speaker characterized by vainglory and chivalry at one and the same time.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘True revolution is not about glamour, vainglory, or self-promotion.’
Middle English: suggested by Old French vaine gloire, Latin vana gloria.
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