inanity


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Related to inanity: ebullience, aloof, unequivocally

in·an·i·ty

 (ĭ-năn′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. in·an·i·ties
1. The condition or quality of being inane.
2. Something empty of meaning or sense.

inanity

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

in•an•i•ty

(ɪˈnæn ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. lack of sense, significance, or ideas; silliness.
2. something inane.
3. shallowness; superficiality.

inanity

, inanition - Inanity is intellectual or spiritual emptiness; inanition is the lack of nourishment.
See also related terms for nourishment.
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Noun1.inanity - total lack of meaning or ideasinanity - total lack of meaning or ideas  
meaninglessness - the quality of having no value or significance; "he resented the meaninglessness of the tasks they assigned him"

inanity

noun
Total lack of ideas, meaning, or substance:
Translations

inanity

[ɪˈnænɪtɪ] N (= quality) → necedad f, fatuidad f inanities (= inane remarks) → estupideces fpl, sandeces fpl

inanity

[ɪˈnænɪti] nineptie f

inanity

nDummheit f; (of suggestion also)Hirnverbranntheit f

inanity

[ɪˈnænɪtɪ] nsciocchezza, stupidità f inv
References in classic literature ?
Do we not wile away moments of inanity or fatigued waiting by repeating some trivial movement or sound, until the repetition has bred a want, which is incipient habit?
Down he sank in a chair--ran his hands through his hair-- And chanted in mimsiest tones Words whose utter inanity proved his insanity, While he rattled a couple of bones.
The book is written throughout on the verge of realism, with divinations and conjectures across its border, and with lapses into the fool's paradise of romanticism, and an apparent content with its inanity and impossibility.
Because he sang it, she liked its inanity and monotonousness; and most of all, it seemed to her, she loved his hopeless and adorable flatting of every note.
One of the village women, whose white wild face I remembered the picture of terror when we pulled down the beam, was giggling with another woman, the picture of inanity, over an old washing-tub.
that would account for the utter inanity and wrong-headedness of the thing.
All this with a sustained, holding stare which, in conjunction with the general inanity of the discourse, conveyed the impression of mild, dreary lunacy.
This bit of self-praise, of course, fitted excel- lently the laborious inanity of the whole conversa- tion.
Strange as it always is to consider any assembly in the act of submissively resigning itself to the dreariness of some complacent person, lord or commoner, whom three-fourths of it could, by no human means, raise out of the slough of inanity to their own intellectual level, it was particularly strange, and it was even particularly affecting, to see this crowd of earnest faces, whose honesty in the main no competent observer free from bias could doubt, so agitated by such a leader.
I don't want to be young again" actress Angelina Jolie, below "Ridiculous" David Cameron's opinion of the cinema ban of the Lord's Prayer advert "Having crashed the car it is difficult to do that" broadcaster Jim Naughtie to former Labour leader Ed Miliband who said he was not going to be Jeremy Corbyn's back-seat driver "He looks every inch an Archbishop, and the content of his speeches is so far up the Richter scale of inanity that any lingering doubts about his archiepiscopal credentials must be immediately dispelled" the Rev Peter Mullen, retired City priest attacks the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby who said he doubted the existence of God after the Paris massacre WRITE Letters Editor Media Wales Ltd, Six Park Street, Cardiff CF10 1XR e-mail readers@walesonline.
This is a delightfully daffy show, with all the inanity of a Monty Python production, complete with fish-slapping and men dressed as women.
Learning lessons is an apt phrase as I read of the diabolical depths of utter inanity to which those tasked with oversight of our education have now plunged themselves.