What does vanity mean?

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ˈvæn ɪ tivan·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. amour propre, conceit, self-love, vanity(noun)

    feelings of excessive pride

  2. vanity, emptiness(noun)

    the quality of being valueless or futile

    "he rejected the vanities of the world"

  3. conceit, conceitedness, vanity(noun)

    the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

  4. dressing table, dresser, vanity, toilet table(noun)

    low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup


  1. Vanity(n.)

    same as dressing table.

  2. Vanity(n.)

    A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers.

  3. Origin: [OE. vanite, F. vanit, L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See Vain.]


  1. vanity(Noun)

    That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.

  2. vanity(Noun)

    Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.

  3. vanity(Noun)

    A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. The table is normally quite low and similar to a desk, with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.

  4. vanity(Noun)


  5. vanity(Noun)

    Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.

  6. Origin: vanus: emptiness or a void - vanitas: vanity through vanité to Middle English.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vanity(noun)

    the quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity

  2. Vanity(noun)

    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. Vanity(noun)

    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. Vanity(noun)

    one of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5

  5. Origin: [OE. vanite, F. vanit, L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See Vain.]


  1. Vanity

    In conventional parlance, vanity is the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic undertones, and merely meant futility. The related term vainglory is now often seen as an archaic synonym for vanity, but originally meant boasting in vain, i.e. unjustified boasting; although glory is now seen as having an exclusively positive meaning, the Latin term gloria roughly means boasting, and was often used as a negative criticism.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vanity

    See Vain.

Editors Contribution

  1. Vanity

    Vanity is nothing else but excessive pride, regard, trust, hope, admiration or dependence in one's own or someone else's riches, wealth, social status, family background, qualification, beauty, handsomeness or stuffs like that.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on February 28, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vanity in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vanity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of vanity in a Sentence

  1. Ecclesiastes:


  2. George Sands:

    Vanity is the quicksand of reason.

  3. Thomas Wolfe:

    The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.

  4. Arthur Helps:

    Offended vanity is the great separator in social life.

  5. Francois De La Rochefoucauld:

    Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.

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