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Vainglory. n.s. [vana gloria, Latin.] Pride above merit; empty pride; pride in little things.

He had nothing of vain-glory, but yet kept state and majesty to the height; being sensible, that majesty maketh the people bow, but vain-glory boweth to them. Bacon's Hen. VII.

Expose every blast of vain-glory, every idle thought, to be chastened by the rod of spiritual discipline. Taylor.

This extraordinary person, out of his natural aversion to vain-glory, wrote several pieces, which he did not assume the honour of. Addison.

A monarch's sword, when man vain-glory draws;
Not Waller's wreath can hide the nation's scar.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Taylor, Jeremy (57)

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