• WordNet 3.6
    • n vanity low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
    • n vanity the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
    • n vanity the quality of being valueless or futile "he rejected the vanities of the world"
    • n vanity feelings of excessive pride
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
    • Vanity A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers.
    • Vanity 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."
    • Vanity One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality n., 5. "You . . . take vanity the puppet's part."
    • Vanity same as dressing table.
    • Vanity 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.""Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the certainty of things to come.""Sin] with vanity had filled the works of men.""Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled,
      That all her vanities at once are dead;
      Succeeding vanities she still regards."
    • Vanity 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 .""Here I may well show the vanity of that which is reported in the story of Walsingham."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Tom Wolfe was paid $5 million for the film rights to his novel, Bonfire of the Vanities, the most ever earned by an author.
    • n vanity The character or state of being vain Worthlessness; futility; falsity; unsubstantialness; unrealness; illusion: deception; emptiness; folly; want of substance to satisfy desire; hollowness.
    • n vanity The desire of indiscriminate admiration; inflation of mind upon slight ground; empty pride, inspired by an overweening conceit of one's personal attainments or adornments, and making its possessor anxious for the notice and applause of others.
    • n vanity Ostentation; ambitious display; pompous vaunting; pride; vainglory.
    • n vanity That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, or unsubstantial Empty pleasure; idle show; unsubstantial enjoyment; petty object of pride.
    • n vanity Fruitless desire or endeavor; effort which produces no result.
    • n vanity An empty or vain conceit; a trifle.
    • n vanity In the Bible, a heathen deity, as having no proper existence.
    • n vanity One of the personified vices in the old moralities and puppet-shows.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vanity worthlessness, futility: empty pride or ostentation: ambitious display: idle show: empty pleasure: fruitless desire, a trifle: :
    • Vanity . See Vain.
    • Vanity (Shak.) a personified vice in the old moralities and puppet-shows
    • Vanity (B.) a heathen deity
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  • George Santayana
    “The highest form of vanity is love of fame.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.”
  • Walter Savage Landor
    “A man's vanity tells him what is honor, a man's conscience what is justice.”
  • Thomas Wolfe
    “The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.”
  • Vincent Van Gogh
    “If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?”
  • Garrison Keillor
    Garrison Keillor
    “Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vanite, F. vanité, L. vanitas, fr. vanus, empty, vain. See Vain
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vanus, empty.


In literature:

Vanity of vanities, all things are vanity, except to love God and to serve Him only.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
A little vanity does not, moreover, in such cases as these, prove a man to be either a bad man or a fool.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
He held them all, Lucia by her honour, Poppy by her vanity, and him, Rickman, by the lusts and follies of his youth.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
As if that were vanity!
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Nor would I willingly forget any of those things which administered to our vanity.
"The Works of Charles Lamb in Four Volumes, Volume 4" by Charles Lamb
It has cost my vanity a fierce struggle.
"The Dangerous Age" by Karin Michaëlis
He was only a boy, full of the vanity that was a part of him.
"Mavericks" by William MacLeod Raine
Reason reiterates, Vanity of vanities!
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
It is only human vanity which prompts you to believe that you are yourself and that you are free.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
But she had bestowed on him a lust for power, and a great vanity, and these he satisfied to the uttermost.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

Now with every good we find
Vanity and grief entwined;
What we feel, or what we fear,
All our joys embitter here.
"Vanity Of The Creature Sanctified" by John Newton
If nothing should by us be had
When we are gone from hence,
But vanities, while here? O mad
And foolish confidence.
"An Introduction To The Ensuing Discourse." by John Bunyan
Yea, all things are vanity,
And what else but vain are ye?
Ye who boast yourselves the kings
Over all created things.
"Vanity of Vanities" by Robert Fuller Murray
O Vanity of vanities!
How wayward the decrees of Fate are;
How very weak the very wise,
How very small the very great are!
"Vanitas Vanitatum" by William Makepeace Thackeray
And all His stormy messengers,
That come with whirlwind breath,
Beat out our chaff of vanity,
And leave the grains of faith.
"January" by Alice Cary
All mortal vanities, begone,
Nor tempt my eyes, nor tire my ears;
Behold, amidst th' eternal throne,
A vision of the Lamb appears.
"Hymn 25" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Sprint offers vanity phone number , problems abound.
Why is 'Vanity Fair' so obsessed with the Kennedys.
Who on earth would turn down a byline in Vanity Fair 's new Fanfair section.
Website Tests Hollywood's Vanity Quotient .
'Vanity Fair': The Empire, Richly Painted.
I can't remember ever having encountered so much vanity in so few pages.
Recently, Vanity Fair published pictures from a photo shoot of 15-year-old Hannah Montana star Miley Cyrus.
"In the Land of Blood and Honey": An Anti-Movie Star Makes a Vanity Project.
(Picture Demi Moore's famous and oft-repeated Vanity Fair cover pose.
When Anthony Mackie found out that Vanity Fair wanted him for the cover of its Hollywood issue, his initial reaction wasn't entirely enthusiastic.
Jean Dujardin and Alexandra Lamy at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party.
According to Vanity Fair, Laura Bush's outfit cost between $3,400 and $4,300.
I've got the desk portion of the vanity table built and the top on it.
Vanity Fair contributing editors Donald L Barlett and James Steele talk about the rise of pharmaceutical testing overseas , where it's cheap and regulation-free.

In science:

Gatekeeping is nothing but an exercise in futility, vanity, and censorship.
True Peer Review