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Definition of Vanity

Vanity

  1. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.
  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.
  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.
  4. One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.

Vanity Quotations

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.
T. E. Lawrence

The truest characters of ignorance are vanity and pride and arrogance.
Samuel Butler

The harming of animals for any reason is shameful, but torturing them for mere vanity is senseless. Slaughtering animals for their fur or harming them for cosmetic purposes is disgusting and not worth the perfect shade of lipstick.
Laura Mennell

Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.
Julian Casablancas

The woman who appeals to a man's vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him.
Helen Rowland
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Vanity Translations

vanity in Dutch is nietigheid, ijdelheid
vanity in German is Eitelkeit, Einbildung
vanity in Latin is irritum
vanity in Spanish is vanidad
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