Vanity

Definition of Vanity

Van´i`ty
n.1.
1.The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.
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. Davies.
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. 2.
Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the certainty of things to come.
- Sir P. Sidney.
[Sin] with vanity had filled the works of men.
- Milton.
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.
5.same as dressing table.
6.A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers.

Related Words

absurdity, aimlessness, amour propre, autotheism, big deal, bluster, boast, boastfulness, boasting, bombast, bootlessness, brag, braggadocio, braggartism, bragging, bravado, cockiness, conceitedness, emptiness, face, fanfaronade, fatuity, fecklessness, flimsiness, folly, foolishness, frivolity, frivolousness, fruitlessness, futility, gasconade, gasconism, heroics, hollowness, idleness, impotence, inanity, independence, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, inefficacy, jactation, jactitation, levity, lightness, meaninglessness, narcissism, nugacity, otiosity, pardonable pride, pointlessness, pridefulness, profitlessness, proudness, purposelessness, purse-pride, rat race, rodomontade, self-admiration, self-conceit, self-confidence, self-consequence, self-importance, self-love, self-reliance, self-respect, self-sufficiency, self-worship, shallowness, side, silliness, slenderness, slightness, stiff-necked pride, stiff-neckedness, superficiality, swagger, the absurd, triflingness, triteness, triviality, trivialness, unproductiveness, unprofitability, unprofitableness, unreality, uselessness, vacuity, vacuousness, vainness, valuelessness, vapidity, vaunt, vauntery, vaunting, vicious circle, worthlessness
Word:

Browse

Vang
Vanglo
Vanguard
Vanilla
Vanilla bean
Vanilla grass
Vanillate
Vanillic
Vanillin
Vanilloes
Vanillyl
Vaniloquence
Vaniloquent
Vanish
Vanishing
Vanishing fraction
Vanishing line
Vanishing point
Vanishing stress
Vanishment
-Vanity-
Vanity box
Vanjas
Vanner
Vanner hawk
Vanning
Vanquish
Vanquishable
Vanquisher
Vanquishment
Vansire
Vant
Vant-courier
Vantage
Vantage game
Vantage ground
Vantage point
Vantbrace
Vanward
Vap
Vapid
# A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

© 2014 Delaflex, Inc.Dictionary Home