noun (plural -ties) Date: 1603 1. the quality or state of being inane: as a. lack of substance ; emptiness b. vapid, pointless, or fatuous character ; shallowness 2. something that is inane

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  • inanity — (n.) c.1600, emptiness, hollowness, literal and figurative, from Fr. inanité or directly from L. inanitas emptiness, empty space, figuratively worthlessness, noun of quality from inanis empty, void, worthless, useless, of uncertain origin …   Etymology dictionary

  • inanity — [in an′i tē] n. [Fr inanité < L inanitas, emptiness] 1. the quality or condition of being inane; specif., a) emptiness b) lack of sense or meaning; silliness 2. pl. inanities something inane; senseless or silly act, remark, etc …   English World dictionary

  • inanity — inane ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking sense or meaning; silly. DERIVATIVES inanely adverb inanity noun (pl. inanities) . ORIGIN Latin inanis empty, vain …   English terms dictionary

  • inanity — /i nan i tee/, n., pl. inanities for 2. 1. lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness. 2. something inane. 3. shallowness; superficiality. [1595 1605; < L inanitas. See INANE, ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • inanity — noun a) The property of being inane, of lacking material of interest or satisfaction, emptiness. Working in any bureaucracy means being bedeviled by inanities daily. b) Something that is inane …   Wiktionary

  • inanity — Synonyms and related words: absence of mind, absurdity, agnosticism, aimlessness, aridity, asininity, barrenness, battiness, big deal, blank, blank mind, blankmindedness, blankness, bloodlessness, bootlessness, brainlessness, buffoonery,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • inanity — I (Roget s IV) n. Syn. silliness, asininity, foolishness; see stupidity 1 , 2 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun Total lack of ideas, meaning, or substance: barrenness, blankness, emptiness, hollowness, vacancy, vacuity, vacuousness. See FULL …   English dictionary for students

  • inanity — in·an·i·ty || ɪ nænÉ™tɪ n. foolishness, silliness; hollowness, vanity; emptiness; something foolish or inane …   English contemporary dictionary

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