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Definition of "vanity" []

  • The quality or condition of being vain. (noun)
  • Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit. (noun)
  • Lack of usefulness, worth, or effect; worthlessness. (noun)
  • Something that is vain, futile, or worthless. (noun)
  • Something about which one is vain or conceited. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vanity" in a sentence
  • "” “Vanity of vanity saith the Preacher, … all is vanity, ” where the word “vanity” indicates that striving is in vain, because death comes to all, and “there is no new thing under the sun."
  • "The besetting sin of all women is vanity; _vanity is a woman's consciousness of her power over men. _ ""
  • "Thus, the label vanity -- which I did not invent, BTW."