Van·i·ty n.; pl. Vanities
1. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. --Eccl. i. 2.
Here I may well show the vanity of that which is reported in the story of Walsingham. --Sir J. Davies.
2. 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.
The exquisitely sensitive vanity of Garrick was galled. --Macaulay.
3. 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.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher. --Eccl. i. 2.
Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the certainty of things to come. --Sir P. Sidney.
[Sin] with vanity had filled the works of men. --Milton.
Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled,
That all her vanities at once are dead;
Succeeding vanities she still regards. --Pope.
4. One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.
You . . . take vanity the puppet's part. --Shak.
Syn: -- Egotism; pride; emptiness; worthlessness; self-sufficiency. See Egotism, and Pride.
n 1: feelings of excessive pride [syn: amour propre, conceit,
2: the quality of being valueless or futile; "he rejected the
vanities of the world" [syn: emptiness]
3: the trait of being vain and conceited [syn: conceit]
4: low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while
dressing or applying makeup [syn: dressing table, dresser,