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Vanity meaning

vanity - 5 dictionary results

  1. 1. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 4. One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.
  5. 5. Worthlessness; emptiness; empty pride; idle show.

vanity - examples of usage

  1. In five minutes they were quiet again; even the young duck seemed to have forgotten her vanity and gone to sleep with the others. - "Ways of Wood Folk", William J. Long.
  2. Is he any thing else than vanity? - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  3. Since pride and vanity have these two forms, we need to be on our guard against them both. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
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