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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. 2018

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stupidity, foolishness, asininity

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British Dictionary definitions for 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 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.

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