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Vanity appears in the following tongue twister:

  • V: Voilà! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin van-guarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition.
    [carves V into poster on wall]
    V: The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous.
    V: Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
    (from the screenplay of the movie "V for Vendetta", at the beginning, when V meets Evie for the first time)

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun vanity:

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Definition of the noun vanity

What does vanity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: vanities

  1. feelings of excessive pride
  2. the quality of being valueless or futile
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonym of vanity: emptiness
    • more generic words: ineptitude / worthlessness = having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
  3. the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
  4. low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of vanity: dresser / dressing table / toilet table
    • more generic word: table = a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs

Alternative definition of the noun vanity


  1. That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
  2. Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements.
  3. A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. The table is normally quite low and similar to a desk, with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.
  4. See Emptiness.
  5. [obsolete] Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.

Phrases with vanity

  1. Vanity Case
  2. vanity fair
  3. Vanity plate
  4. Vanity press
  5. Vanity Table
  6. Vanity Number
  7. Vanity Publisher
  8. Vanity Publishing
  9. Vanity License Plate

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for vanity

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Google previewAnthology of Wisdom (2012)

by Sorin Cerin

Vanity is the letter which gives meaning the alphabet of the God, written for this world. 8987. Vanity is the spark through which God has lights up the destiny of this world. 8988.

Vanity is a tear that trickled on the face of the absolute truth of lie.

Google previewWisdom Collection_Complete Works of Aphorisms_Reference Edition (2014)

by Sorin Cerin

Vanity is the shrine on which the thoughts are saved. 8983. There is no...

Vanity is the letter which gives meaning the alphabet of the God, written for this world. 8987. Vanity is the spark through which God has lights up the destiny of this world. 8988.

Vanity is a tear that trickled on the face of the absolute truth of lie. 8996.

Google previewRessourcement Thomism (2010)

Sacred Doctrine, the Sacraments, and the Moral Life by Romanus Cessario, Reinhard Hütter, Matthew Levering

For Thomas, vanity is an aid in the human pursuit of excellence which, at its deepest level, is an imitation of God's generosity. It is not a conditional...

Google previewA Name To The Nameless (2014)

A Tantric Journey Through The 50 Mental Vortexes by Willliam Enckhausen

Instead, vanity is the aggrandizement and exclusive identification of the ego with its own qualities.

Google previewAppletons' Journal (1874)

Since vanity is a universal weakness of humanity,

Google previewCurrent Opinion (1894)

Home Journal Vanity is a term of different significations, but as connected with pride, it is defined by Johnson “ petty pride ”; it is applicable to small objects and is manifested by an eXCessive desire to attract notice and applause. Pride is ...

Google previewThe Whole Duty of a Woman: Or, an Infallible Guide to the Fair Sex. Containing Rules, Directions, and Observations for Their Conduct and Behaviour ... with Directions how to Obtain All Useful and Fashionable Accomplishments ... in which are Comprised All Parts of Good Housewifery, Particularly Rules and Receipts in Every Kind of Cookery (1737)

They cannot properly be called Twins, because more properly Vanity is the Mother, and Affectation theda-rling Daughter; Vanity is the Sin, and Affectation is the Punishtnent; the First may be called the Root of Self'N o 5 N Love, Love, the other ...

Google previewThe Cinema of Alexander Sokurov (2011)

by Birgit Beumers, Nancy Condee

Vanity is the palace intrigues at Yalta and the Second World War battles in The Allies [working title for And NothingMore– RT], one of Sokurov's most traditional films. The neutral...

Vanity is any collective human endeavour in general. One of ...

Google previewThe lady's companion: or, An infallible guide to the fair sex (1743)

cannot be properly; called Imps, because more properly Vanity is the Mother*, and Affectation the- darling Daughter , Vanity is the Sin, and Affectation is the Punishment ; the first may be called the 1 Root ofSelf-Love, the other the Fruit.

Google previewThe Young Gentleman's Book (1834)

Containing a Series of Choice Readings in Popular Science and Natural History,together with Retrospective Essays,conversations,literary Reminiscences,etc

Vanity is a vice which we imbibe early and eradicate late, and its operations on the mind, like poison acting on a body, swell it to a preternatural distension ; and hence the tower- ings of conceit, and the arrogance of pride. It is the product of ...

Google previewThe Whole Duty of a Woman, Or, An Infallible Guide to the Fair Sex (1737)

Containing Rules, Directions, and Observations, for Their Conduct and Behavior Through All Ages and Circumstances of Life, as Virgins, Wives, Or Widows : with ... Rules and Receipts in Every Kind of Cookery ...

They cannot properly be called Twins, because more properly Vanity is the Mother, and Affectation the darling Daughter ; Vanity is the Sin, and Affectation is the Punishment ; the First may be called the Root of Self- N 0 5 N Love, Love, the ...

Google previewAnecdotes of Actors: with other desultory recollections (1844)

by Mrs. Anne MATHEWS (Actress.)

Vanity is a much more expansive foible than the utterer of the above remark imagines. It can find room for many things besides its essential self; having an elastic faculty, an appetite which can take in to any amount whatever may be found ...

Google preview20,000 Quips & Quotes (1995)

Lichtenberg Vanity is the magic mirror that gives many an unattractive woman delusions of glamour. When a nobody thinks himself a...

Google previewThe Theosophical Quarterly (1918)

Vanity is a question of what we want others to think of us. There is an element of self in all three; inflated self in pride, distorted self in conceit, and deluded self in vanity. We can be proud of our cleverness and be clever enough not to show it.

Google previewA Dictionary of Terms, Phrases,and Quotations (1895)

by Henry Percy Smith

Vanity. Are you ...

Google previewA Theodore Dreiser Encyclopedia (2003)

by Keith Newlin

"'VANITY, VANITY,' SAITH THE PREACHER." Although referred to in this sketch only as X , the subject is Joseph G. Robin, a financier whom Dreiser first met in 1908 while editor of the Butterick Publishing Company. This sketch was ...

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Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
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Scrabble value of V4A1N1I1T1Y4

The value of this 6-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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