[ ih-nan-i-tee ]
/ ɪˈnæn ɪ ti /

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

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British Dictionary definitions for inanities


/ (ɪˈnænɪtɪ) /

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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