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vaingloriousness

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  • n. vainglory

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being vainglorious.

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Examples

  • The sinking of the Titanic was a truly terrible combination of vaingloriousness and happenstance.

    An Ill-Fated Ship in an Era of Opulence at Sea

  • Lundberg noted the "slavocracy was not terminated .... for moral reasons; it committed suicide for political and economic reasons, blinded by simple greed and vaingloriousness, and long after slavery was abolished in most places elsewhere."

    Reviewing Ferdinand Lundberg's "Cracks in the Constitution"

  • Mr. Gates was the only genius fit to conduct the war; and with a vaingloriousness, which he afterwards generously owned, he did not refuse the homage which was paid him.

    The Virginians

  • Prize in Oslo: It was as though this event set the seal on a long and extraordinary history for, as he said in his address, the honour must be accepted in the name of the "true patriots of South Africa," all those in the African National Congress who had "set the organisation steadfastly against racial vaingloriousness".

    THE STRUGGLE IN SOUTH AFRICA HAS UNITED ALL RACES (1)

  • African National Congress, which I had the honor to lead for the last decade or so until it was banned, had set itself steadfastly against racial vaingloriousness.

    Albert Lutuli - Nobel Lecture

  • There is always an anxiety, a fervour, an impatience, a vaingloriousness attending it which untranquillizes even in the sweetest-seeming moods of the poet.

    Life and Remains of John Clare "The Northamptonshire Peasant Poet"

  • If Teeka had not been so absorbed in her own vaingloriousness she might have noted the rustling of leaves in the tree above her -- a rustling which was not caused by any movement of the wind, since there was no wind.

    Jungle Tales of Tarzan

  • The most tiresome vaingloriousness may be more hopeful than hypercriticism and spleen.

    Americanism in Literature

  • Like other men who have achieved greatness, he was made the target for all manner of abuse, accused of misappropriating the ideas of others, of lying, deceit, and treachery, and of unbounded conceit and vaingloriousness.

    Letters and Journals 02]

  • There was no thought of vaingloriousness or of posing as the victor.

    Abraham Lincoln

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