noun, plural in·an·i·ties 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for inanities

stupidity, foolishness, asininity

Examples from the Web for inanities

Contemporary Examples of inanities

  • Moulitsas is at his best when he snarks about the inanities being passed along the airwaves and through the halls of Congress.

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    Hunting the 'American Taliban'

    Ben Crair

    August 27, 2010

Historical Examples of inanities

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for inanities


noun plural -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.

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