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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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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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