inanity

[ih-nan-i-tee]
noun, plural inanities for 2.
1.
lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness.
2.
something inane.
3.
shallowness; superficiality.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin inānitās. See inane, -ity

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inanity (ɪˈnænɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  lack of intelligence or imagination; senselessness; silliness
2.  a senseless action, remark, etc
3.  archaic emptiness

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Gaffes, bungles, and inanities still get covered up.
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