inanity (n.) c.1600, "emptiness, hollowness," literal and figurative, from Fr. inanité or directly from L. inanitas "emptiness, empty space," figuratively "worthlessness," noun of quality from inanis "empty, void, worthless, useless," of uncertain origin.

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  • inanity — [in an′i tē] n. [Fr inanité < L inanitas, emptiness] 1. the quality or condition of being inane; specif., a) emptiness b) lack of sense or meaning; silliness 2. pl. inanities something inane; senseless or silly act, remark, etc …   English World dictionary

  • inanity — inane ► ADJECTIVE ▪ lacking sense or meaning; silly. DERIVATIVES inanely adverb inanity noun (pl. inanities) . ORIGIN Latin inanis empty, vain …   English terms dictionary

  • inanity — noun (plural ties) Date: 1603 1. the quality or state of being inane: as a. lack of substance ; emptiness b. vapid, pointless, or fatuous character ; shallowness 2. something that is inane …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • inanity — /i nan i tee/, n., pl. inanities for 2. 1. lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness. 2. something inane. 3. shallowness; superficiality. [1595 1605; < L inanitas. See INANE, ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • inanity — noun a) The property of being inane, of lacking material of interest or satisfaction, emptiness. Working in any bureaucracy means being bedeviled by inanities daily. b) Something that is inane …   Wiktionary

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