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Meaning of VANITY

Pronunciation:  'vani tee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
  2. [n]  the trait of being vain and conceited
  3. [n]  the quality of being valueless or futile; "he rejected the vanities of the world"
  4. [n]  feelings of excessive pride

VANITY is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: amour propre, conceit, conceit, dresser, dressing table, emptiness, self-love, toilet table
 See Also: boastfulness, egotism, posturing, pride, pride, pridefulness, self-importance, swelled head, table, vainglory, worthlessness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Van"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Vanities}. [OE. vanite, vanit['e],
L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See {Vain}.]
1. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to
   satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness;

         Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of
         vanities; all is vanity.              --Eccl. i. 2.

         Here I may well show the vanity of that which is
         reported in the story of Walsingham.  --Sir J.

2. An inflation of mind upon slight grounds; empty pride
   inspired by an overweening conceit of one's personal
   attainments or decorations; an excessive desire for notice
   or approval; pride; ostentation; conceit.

         The exquisitely sensitive vanity of Garrick was
         galled.                               --Macaulay.

3. That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, unreal, or
   unsubstantial; fruitless desire or effort; trifling labor
   productive of no good; empty pleasure; vain pursuit; idle
   show; unsubstantial enjoyment.

         Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher. --Eccl. i.

         Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the
         certainty of things to come.          --Sir P.

         [Sin] with vanity had filled the works of men.

         Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled,
         That all her vanities at once are dead; Succeeding
         vanities she still regards.           --Pope.

4. One of the established characters in the old moralities
   and puppet shows. See {Morality}, n., 5.

         You . . . take vanity the puppet's part. --Shak.

Syn: Egotism; pride; emptiness; worthlessness;
     self-sufficiency. See {Egotism}, and {Pride}.