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[ UK /ve‍ɪŋɡlˈɔːɹɪəs/ ]
  1. feeling self-importance
    too big for his britches
    he was swelled with pride
    had a swelled head
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How To Use vainglorious In A Sentence

  • She always has that vaingloriously blasé look on her face.
  • In other words, he comes across as a vainglorious know-it-all, absolutely convinced that he's right about everything.
  • Smith possessed a vainglorious streak to his character, but also showed great valour and judgement.
  • Both of them knew that Beynor of Moss was a vainglorious young blowhard, treacherous as a weasel and even more wily. IRONCROWN MOON: PART TWO OF THE BOREAL MOON TALE
  • You shall find that of Aristotle true, nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae, they have a worm as well as others; you shall find a fantastical strain, a fustian, a bombast, a vainglorious humour, an affected style, &c., like a prominent thread in an uneven woven cloth, run parallel throughout their works. Anatomy of Melancholy
  • His fatuous smile alone would have aroused their ire before he opened his vainglorious mouth.
  • His vainglorious speech at the Oscar ceremony claimed a new dawn for British cinema.
  • He vaingloriously longs to play all the parts.
  • (Survey report 6801 summarizing Adm. 68/195, 156v, and other data in Adm. 68/194 and/196, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia; A letter of Carter's executors to Dawkins 1738 May 10 refers to "your ship Bailey.") [3] According to the Oxford English Dictionary, a "rodomontade" is "a vainglorious brag or boast; an extravagantly boastful or arrogant saying or speech. Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Athawes, July 31, 1731
  • You will be amused to hear that although, or perhaps because, I had evolved out of myself 'Mr. Quirke' as a conscious philanthropist, an old man from the workhouse told me two days ago that he had been a butcher of Quirke's sort and was quite vainglorious about it, telling me how many staggery sheep and the like he had killed, that would, if left to die, have been useless or harmful. Our Irish Theatre: A Chapter of Autobiography
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