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

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. --Eccl. i. 2. [1913 Webster]

Here I may well show the vanity of that which is reported in the story of Walsingham. --Sir J. Davies. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

The exquisitely sensitive vanity of Garrick was galled. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher. --Eccl. i. 2. [1913 Webster]

Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the certainty of things to come. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

[Sin] with vanity had filled the works of men. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled, That all her vanities at once are dead; Succeeding vanities she still regards. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

4. One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See {Morality}, n., 5. [1913 Webster]

You . . . take vanity the puppet's part. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. same as {dressing table}. [PJC]

6. A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers. [PJC]

Syn: Egotism; pride; emptiness; worthlessness; self-sufficiency. See {Egotism}, and {Pride}. [1913 Webster]


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