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[ih-nan-i-tee] /ɪˈnæn ɪ ti/
noun, plural inanities for 2.
lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness.
something inane.
shallowness; superficiality.
Origin of inanity
1595-1605; < Latin inānitās. See inane, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In fact his physiognomy indicated the inanity of character which pervaded his life.
  • For me, it's too limited in scope and is akin to drunk dialing in the impulsiveness and inanity that gets thrown around.
  • Perhaps your crowning inanity is to invoke the deity in defence of your position.
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  • For all their inanity, the guys ultimately had relatively good taste.
  • The colossal inanity of the concept leaves me confounded for appropriate words.
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  • Conversations and even debates do not have degenerate into the inanity he illustrated.
British Dictionary definitions for inanity


noun (pl) -ties
lack of intelligence or imagination; senselessness; silliness
a senseless action, remark, etc
(archaic) emptiness
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Word Origin and History for inanity

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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