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Definition feeling self-importance
  • And was this imprisonment God's way of curbing his pride, tempering his vainglorious dreams?
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • A desperate gleam, baleful and vainglorious, flashed over his face.
    Zane Grey  --  The Man of the Forest
  • You could call it vainglory.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • All free nations are vainglorious, but national pride is not displayed by all in the same manner.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Stately and aloof among vainglorious tiring-maids, a queen in robes that murmured on the marble floor, she trod the gallery of a crumbling palace.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But that's rather good, by the way—not to be vainglorious."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • "I don't mean to be vainglorious," Uncle Monty began, using a word which here means "braggy,"
    Lemony Snicket  --  The Reptile Room
  • Do we not find Satan like a lapwing crying before us with enticement and vainglory, to draw our mind far away from the God of our salvation?
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • 'But have you really done all this work yourselves?' she continued, when we had been forgiven for terrifying her with our vainglorious salute.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • I became distracted with myself and my vainglorious attempt to act as a symbolic bridge between the children of Yamacraw and the outside world.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I know that tale as well, but Daeron made too much of it in that vainglorious book of his.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • But that's rather good, by the way—not to be vainglorious."
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • But I was glad I didn't speak, because to Father Huismans the words were not vainglorious.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • "Well," says Watt, "it's to be hoped they line out of their prayerbooks a certain passage for the common people about pride and vainglory.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • "Well, I must say it does look smart on me," commented Hortense, her vainglorious soul yearning for it.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • I know the lad well from much consorting, and I am sure he is not boastful or vainglorious.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • Vainglorious as he was, Porthos could not afford to have a baldric wholly of gold, but had at least half.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Observers have described Charlestonians as vainglorious, obstinate, mercurial, verbose, xenophobic, and congenitally gracious.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • The party stood for a moment exchanging vainglorious remarks with Devil's Row.
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • He exclaimed with an accent which smacked at the same time of the vainglory of the mountebank at fairs, and the humility of the mendicant on the highway:— "A pupil of Talma!
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables

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