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inanity

[ih-nan-i-tee] /ɪˈnæn ɪ ti/
noun, plural inanities for 2.
1.
lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness.
2.
something inane.
3.
shallowness; superficiality.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin inānitās. See inane, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for inanities

inanity

/ɪˈnænɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
lack of intelligence or imagination; senselessness; silliness
2.
a senseless action, remark, etc
3.
(archaic) emptiness
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Word Origin and History for inanities

inanity

n.

c.1600, "emptiness, hollowness," literal and figurative, from French inanité or directly from Latin inanitas "emptiness, empty space," figuratively "worthlessness," noun of quality from inanis "empty, void, worthless, useless," of uncertain origin.

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