inane

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj inane devoid of intelligence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Inane That which is void or empty. "The undistinguishable inane of infinite space."
    • a Inane Without contents; empty; void of sense or intelligence; purposeless; pointless; characterless; useless. "Vague and inane instincts."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • inane Empty; void; especially, void of sense or intelligence; senseless; silly.
    • inane Synonyms Frivolous, puerile, trifling.
    • n inane That which is void or empty; void space; emptiness; vacuity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Inane in-ān′ empty, void: void of intelligence: useless
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Quotations

  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “It's the admirer and the watcher who provoke us to all the inanities we commit.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
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    “The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity.”
  • Winston Churchill
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    “Opening amenities are often opening inanities.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. inanis,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. inanis.

Usage

In literature:

The object of each player is to make such inanely conventional remarks that his opponent is reduced to silence.
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, July 8, 1914" by Various
Giggling inanely at everything and nothing.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
And all these, without Light, Love, and Will, are but hollow affairs, high-sounding inanities.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
He laughed inanely, foolishly, like a boy.
"The Valley of Silent Men" by James Oliver Curwood
As for the habit of "playing 'possum" on the part of our opossum, the trick would seem to be particularly inane.
"The Meaning of Evolution" by Samuel Christian Schmucker
And when he spoke his first remark was a hopeless inanity.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
Somebody, it seemed, was singing an amusing song, but the snatches of it that reached Nasmyth struck him as pointless and inane.
"The Greater Power" by Harold Bindloss
From the tragic and weird to the childishly inane was but a step.
"The Treasure Trail" by Marah Ellis Ryan
It was a tiny thing to tell a woman whose horizon was bounded by coffee pots, spotted wrappers, and inane movies.
"The Gorgeous Girl" by Nalbro Bartley
Those fellows must get deadly sick of the inanities people talk when they are being introduced.
"The Dominant Strain" by Anna Chapin Ray
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In poetry:

Folly and Fear are sisters twain
One closing her eyes.
The other peopling the dark inane
With spectral lies.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"He holds as inept his own soul-shell -
My deftest achievement -
Contemns me for fitful inventions
Ill-timed and inane:
"The Mother Mourns." by Thomas Hardy
Sensitive, single
Points in the dark inane that purely tingle
With eager fire, pouring night's circles through
Their living blue;
"Comfortable Light" by John Freeman
A vanishing speck in those inane dominions,
Single and frail, uncertain of her place,
Alone in the bright host of her companions,
Lost in the blue unfriendliness of space.
"Death of the Bird " by A D Hope
Down he sank in a chair—ran his hands through his hair—
And chanted in mimsiest tones
Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity,
While he rattled a couple of bones.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
And I then: "Some one frames upon the keys
That exquisite nocturne, with which we explain
The night and moonshine; music which we seize
To body forth our vacuity."
She then: "Does this refer to me?"
"Oh no, it is I who am inane."
"Conversation Galante" by T S Eliot

In news:

The Republican primary campaign almost always gets sidetracked by some inane proposal for tax reform.
And if we brought together the most successful YouTube clips ever, would the results testify to collective cultural genius—or to the hopeless inanity of digital-age life.
I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of some men in the GOP undervaluing women by uttering the most inane sentences about women's bodies, specifically about rape and subsequent pregnancies.
Entertainment TV hosts, normally just inane, get truly embarrassing this time of year.
'Steve' Is All About Inanity.
The regents did their part by adopting inane policies that encourage unrestrained, two-fisted binge drinking.
Hot weather , ornery cows and an inane presidential campaign.
Most are disappointing, filling their Twitter streams with inanities.
Robert Plant slams media for 'inane questions'.
The Inane Pomposity of ' Prometheus '.
Rambler Thursday, November 24, 2011: 12:16 pm Dear jsyk: You win the award for most insensitive, most inane remark of the week.
The Dog Snuggie has new competition for the most inane doggie accessory.
The Girl with the Red Scarf begins as truck driver Ilyas (Kadir Inan?r) hauls a load of sand and gravel to a construction site.
I actually harbored the inane thought that Romney was going to win and had a smirk to prove it.
The New York Times weighs in with what is quite possibly the most inane comment yet on Lucky 's scrotum.
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In science:

The X-ray flux incident on the night side of the Earth was high enough to force the ionosphere to its day-time level (Inan et al. 1999).
Soft Gamma Repeaters and Anomalous X-ray Pulsars: Magnetar Candidates
The colours are chosen to be easily replaced by red or blue inan opposite way.
About the domino problem in the hyperbolic plane, a new solution: complement
In this basis the Fourier transform takes the simple form eψ(x) = P∞ n=0 inanφn (x).
Minimum uncertainty for antisymmetric wave functions
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