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[ih-nan-i-tee] /ɪˈnæn ɪ ti/
noun, plural inanities for 2.
lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness.
something inane.
shallowness; superficiality.
Origin of inanity
From the Latin word inānitās, dating back to 1595-1605. See inane, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The inanities of an afternoon At Home are more than I can bear.

    The Smart Set

    Clyde Fitch
  • With despair she heard herself bringing out these inanities.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • But this life out here has spoiled me for inanities forever.

    The Song of the Wolf

    Frank Mayer
  • Platitudes, generalities, inanities; and inanities, platitudes and generalities in reply.

    Double Trouble

    Herbert Quick
  • I am sick to death of the inanities of the dandies and fops of the town.

    Tom Tufton's Travels Evelyn Everett-Green
  • Everybody smiled politely, as people do over the inanities of a very cheerful and hospitable host.

    To Leeward

    F. Marion Crawford
  • There was a light of something extraordinary in them, even while her tongue was lisping the emptiest of inanities.

    Fathers and Children

    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
  • A place where one is permitted to continue one's vices, excesses and inanities for an eternity.

    The Roycroft Dictionary Elbert Hubbard
  • However young she might appear, the inanities of a flirtation were a familiar field to Julia.

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
British Dictionary definitions for inanities


noun (pl) -ties
lack of intelligence or imagination; senselessness; silliness
a senseless action, remark, etc
(archaic) emptiness
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for inanities



c.1600, "emptiness, hollowness," literal and figurative, from French inanité or directly from Latin inanitas "emptiness, empty space," figuratively "worthlessness," noun of quality from inanis "empty, void, worthless, useless," of uncertain origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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