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vanity

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vanity \Van"i*ty\, noun; pl. {Vanities}. [OE. vanite, F. vanit['e], L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See {Vain}.]

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See {Morality}, noun, 5.

You . . . take vanity the puppet's part. --Shak.

5. same as {dressing table}. [PJC]

6. A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers. [PJC]

Syn: Egotism; pride; emptiness; worthlessness; self-sufficiency. See {Egotism}, and {Pride}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Dressing table \Dressing table\, noun a table, usually having a vertical back piece containing a mirror, at which a person may sit while dressing or applying makeup, and on which articles for the toilet stand. It often has drawers for toiletries, clothing, or accessories. It is also called a {vanity} or {vanity table}. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

vanity

noun

1: feelings of excessive pride [syn: {amour propre}, {conceit}, {self-love}, {vanity}]

2: the quality of being valueless or futile; "he rejected the vanities of the world" [syn: {vanity}, {emptiness}]

3: the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride [syn: {conceit}, {conceitedness}, {vanity}] [ant: {humbleness}, {humility}]

4: low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup [syn: {dressing table}, {dresser}, {vanity}, {toilet table}]

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