from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by or exhibiting excessive vanity; boastful.
- adj. Proceeding from vainglory.
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- adj. With excessive vanity or unwarranted pride.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Feeling or indicating vainglory; elated by vanity; boastful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Filled with vainglory; glorying in excess of one's own achievements; extravagantly elated; boastful; vaunting.
- Indicating or proceeding from vainglory; founded on excessive vanity; boastful.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. feeling self-importance
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Some have suggested that it refers to vainglorious rulers like Antiochus Epiphanes who attempted to deify themselves, or to Emperor Titus, who destroyed the temple and much of Jerusalem in A.D.
For instance, a key US ally such as Berlusconi, defined as "vainglorious", "indifferent to the fate of Europe" and dangerously close to Putin, of which he seems to be "the spokesperson", can be regarded as a threat equal to Ahmadinejad.
What kind of vainglorious wimp allows his staff to take the blame for his own mistakes?
And although he adored Germany, he was not "vainglorious" about it.
While not asserting that the Galatians are "vainglorious" now, he says they are liable to become so. provoking one another -- an effect of "vaingloriousness" on the stronger: as "envying" is its effect on the weaker.
Here he gives monition to those who have not so fallen, "the spiritual," to be not "vainglorious" (Ga 5: 26), but forbearing to such (Ro 15: 1). restore -- The Greek is used of a dislocated limb, reduced to its place.
This is precisely the kind of vainglorious grand gesture in which he specialises.
This ridiculous American writer, who sees no irony in flagellating himself for his own "vainglorious" tendencies, does not seem ridiculous to the aspiring Bosnian writer who narrates the story; and it is only when we see the writer from outside himself that we recognize the pathos of his slapstick existence.
He was also frightened in the "more vainglorious way, to be identified with this character above all else."
Terrence Malick's mad and magnificent film descends slowly, like some sort of prototypical spaceship: it's a cosmic-interior epic of vainglorious proportions, a rebuke to realism, a disavowal of irony and comedy, a meditation on memory, and a gasp of horror and awe at the mysterious inevitability of loving, and losing those we love.
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