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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. 2017.
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  • The little jokes, the chatter, the inanities of the afternoon had shrivelled up before her eyes.

    The Voyage Out Virginia Woolf
  • The inanities of an afternoon At Home are more than I can bear.

    The Smart Set Clyde Fitch
  • Platitudes, generalities, inanities; and inanities, platitudes and generalities in reply.

    Double Trouble Herbert Quick
  • With despair she heard herself bringing out these inanities.

    Horace Chase Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • The contrast between my mental excitement and the inanities of the stage was too acute, so this resource speedily failed me.

    The Crack of Doom Robert Cromie
  • But this life out here has spoiled me for inanities forever.

    The Song of the Wolf Frank Mayer
  • A place where one is permitted to continue one's vices, excesses and inanities for an eternity.

    The Roycroft Dictionary Elbert Hubbard
  • I am sick to death of the inanities of the dandies and fops of the town.

    Tom Tufton's Travels Evelyn Everett-Green
  • He loved better yet ancient history, medieval inanities and atrocities—a most singular, curious and wonderful mind.

    Twelve Men Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for inanities


noun (pl) -ties
lack of intelligence or imagination; senselessness; silliness
a senseless action, remark, etc
(archaic) emptiness
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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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