Noun Vanity Definition and Examples







Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements.
  1. count noun 'the vanities and ambitions of politicians'
  2. 'His greatest weakness may well be his seemingly fathomless personal vanity.'
  3. 'But his vanity, pettiness and egocentrism exasperated even his closest friends.'
  4. '"Nowadays men are also indulging their vanity.'
  5. 'A heart full of false pride, vanity and arrogance has no room for wisdom, so it will remain lost in the darkness.'
  6. 'This is not, however, a simple tale of vanity or excessive consumption.'
  7. 'While the Italians are perfectly comfortable with male vanity, the British are not.'
  8. 'So many members thanked and praised me, and it satisfied my vanity.'
  9. 'How can we get free of the petty tyrannies of our own female vanity?'
  10. 'Nobody survives lying to me and betraying me just for a good headline and to feed her own vanity!'
  11. 'He had no concern for his appearance; no personal vanity.'
  12. 'Even vanity publishing smacks of a certain - albeit desperate - nobility of soul.'
  13. 'A vanity press is probably the only place to go if you want to write about your 28 uneventful years as a municipal clerk in Ohio.'
  14. 'Personally I can't get very excited about this controversy over whether PublishAmerica is a mainstream or vanity firm or something in between.'
  15. 'Backroom describes itself as essentially a vanity press, only capable of publishing work with the benefit of private backing.'
  16. 'It's critical, in-depth and insightful, rather than just vanity publishing.'
  17. 'Every now and then, a vanity press mogul makes a go of his venture.'
  18. 'Research on the company's website revealed this firm to be a self-publishing, or vanity press.'
The quality of being worthless or futile.
  1. 'He composed another poem on the vanity of worldliness.'
  2. 'He was reflecting, perhaps, on the vanity of human passions.'
  3. 'The eroded head of a figure on a tombstone suggests the vanity of attempts to stem the ravages of time.'
A dressing table.
  1. 'Paige held up her hands defensively and walked over to Lee's vanity table.'
  2. 'Her oak vanity had several different types of make-up and hair supplies resting on it.'
  3. 'My bedroom has my bed and my vanity and my bathroom connected to it.'
  4. 'There was a small vanity with a stool in front of it with an assortment of perfumes and make up covering the top.'
  5. 'Small and rectangular, the chamber housed a mahogany bed, chest of drawers, washbasin and vanity.'
  6. 'The larger room also has a desk which could double as a vanity unit.'
  7. 'Upon examining the rest of the drawers, she realized it was more of a vanity than a desk.'
  8. 'She rose from her stool at her vanity and hugged Michelle.'
((n.) The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.|--|(n.) An inflation of mind upon slight grounds; empty pride inspired by an overweening conceit of one's personal attainments or decorations; an excessive desire for notice or approval; pride; ostentation; conceit.|--|(n.) That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, unreal, or unsubstantial; fruitless desire or effort; trifling labor productive of no good; empty pleasure; vain pursuit; idle show; unsubstantial enjoyment.|--|(n.) One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.|--|)

noun, plural vanities.

1. excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit: Failure to be elected was a great blow to his vanity.

2. an instance or display of this quality or feeling.

3. something about which one is vain or excessively proud: His good looks are his greatest vanity.

4. lack of real value; hollowness; worthlessness: the vanity of a selfish life.

5. something worthless, trivial, or pointless.

6. vanity case.

7. dressing table.

8. a wide, counterlike shelf containing a wash basin, as in the bathroom of a hotel or residence, often equipped with shelves, drawers, etc., underneath.

9. a cabinet built below or around a bathroom sink, primarily to hide exposed pipes. 10. compact1 (def 13). adjective 1

1. produced as a showcase for one's own talents, especially as a writer, actor, singer, or composer: surprisingly entertaining for a vanity production. 1

2. of, relating to, or issued by a vanity press: a spate of vanity books.


"There can be vanity units."
"There can be vanity tables."
"There can be vanity mirrors."
"There can be vanity cases."
"There can be vanity purchases."
"There can be vanity plates."
"There can be vanity basins."
"There can be vanity projects."
"There can be vanity productions."
"There can be vanity contracts."
"There can be vanity cabinets."
"There can be vanity bowls."
"There can be vanity bags."
"wishes can have vanities."
"vanities can be on parts."
"people can have vanities."
"vanities can be with drawers."
"vanities can be to points."
"vanities can be to hairs."
"wealths can have vanities."
"vanities can have characteriseds in/at/on years."
"vanities can cast presents in roles."
"vanities can propose on waywardnesses."
"vanities can link within breasts."
"vanities can have in/at/on years."
"vanities can cast in roles."
"vanities can be to meets."
"vanities can be in questions."
"vanities can be at backs."
"vanities can propose on waywardnesses."
"vanities can link within breasts."
"vanities can have in/at/on years."
"vanities can cast in roles."
"vanities can be to meets."
"vanities can be in questions."
"vanities can be at backs."

Middle English: from Old French vanite, from Latin vanitas, from vanus ‘empty’ (see vain).

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