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Aug 6, 2010
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troglodyte
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vainglorious

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with Anu Garg

vainglorious

PRONUNCIATION:
(vayn-GLOR-ee-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Filled with, exhibiting, or proceeding from excessive pride, especially in one's achievements or abilities.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin vana gloria (empty pride), from vana, feminine of vanus (empty) + gloria (pride, glory).

USAGE:
"But some see James Cameron as a vainglorious auteur and seek to puncture his perceived pretension."
Nick Watt; Is the 'Avatar' Movie Making Viewers Nauseous?; ABC News (New York); Dec 18, 2009.

See more usage examples of vainglorious in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived. -Oscar Wilde, writer (1854-1900)

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