Part of speech: adjective
Origin: Latin, 15th century
Feeling excessive pride or self-importance
Given to over-the-top demonstrations of boastful pride and vanity
Examples of Vainglorious in a sentence
"His coworkers didn’t think he deserved the promotion and were irritated by his vainglorious attitude. "
"His vainglorious assertions of success were revealed to be nothing but false claims. "
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Vainglorious is the adjective form of the noun vainglory. Vainglory is an empty show of vanity or boastfulness, probably undeserved. Vainglorious is the description of someone prone to this over-the-top pride.
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We can break down this majestic-sounding word into simple Latin parts. “Vanus” means empty or unsubstantial, and “gloriosus” means full of glory. A vainglorious attitude means the culprit probably doesn’t deserve the praise. They’re probably so vain they won’t even realize you’ve insulted them.