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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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  • Our smiles betray our instincts and our burdens; they reflect our virtues and our inanity.

    The Dangerous Age Karin Michalis
  • To be a traveller in the inanity of buttonholes was the only lower degradation.

  • Why should recreation be found only in the inanity of sloth, or the stimulus of dissipation?

    Blue-Stocking Hall, Vol. 1 (of 3) William Pitt Scargill
  • "Do not interrupt me," she added coldly as I was about to utter some inanity.

  • They started writing at a time when the musical stage had reached a terrible depth of inanity.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • It does not consist of ingenuity limited, but merely of inanity expanded.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The great fault I find in woman is that inanity in character which places them below the line of equality with men.

    The Battle of The Press Theophila Carlile Campbell
British Dictionary definitions for inanity


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 inanity

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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