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inanity

[ih-nan-i-tee]
noun, plural in·an·i·ties for 2.
  1. lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness.
  2. something inane.
  3. shallowness; superficiality.
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Origin of inanity

From the Latin word inānitās, dating back to 1595–1605. See inane, -ity
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Related Words for inanities

stupidity, foolishness, asininity

Examples from the Web for inanities

Contemporary Examples of inanities

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

inanity

noun plural -ties
  1. lack of intelligence or imagination; senselessness; silliness
  2. a senseless action, remark, etc
  3. archaic emptiness
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Word Origin and History for inanities

inanity

n.

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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