- 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.]
- 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.]
- 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.]
- One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality (n.), 5."You . . . take vanity the puppet's part." [Shak.]
- same as dressing table.
- A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers.synonyms: Egotism; pride; emptiness; worthlessness; self-sufficiency. See Egotism, and Pride.
Etymology: OE. vanite, F. vanité, L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See Vain