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n. pl. van·i·ties
a. Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit.
b. Something about which one is vain or conceited: "One thing ... rather quenched her vanities: she had to wear her cousin's clothes" (Louisa May Alcott).
a. Worthlessness, pointlessness, or futility: the vanity of regretting missed opportunities.
b. Something that is vain, futile, or worthless.
c. A bathroom cabinet that encloses a basin and its water lines and drain, usually furnished with shelves and drawers underneath for storage of toiletries.

[Middle English vanite, from Old French, from Latin vānitās, from vānus, empty; see euə- in Indo-European roots.]


n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being vain; excessive pride or conceit
2. ostentation occasioned by ambition or pride
3. an instance of being vain or something about which one is vain
4. the state or quality of being valueless, futile, or unreal
5. something that is worthless or useless
6. (Furniture) NZ short for vanity unit
[C13: from Old French vanité, from Latin vānitās emptiness, from vānus empty]


(ˈvæn ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties,
adj. n.
1. excessive pride in oneself or one's appearance; character or quality of being vain.
2. an instance of this quality or feeling.
3. something about which one is vain.
4. lack of real value; worthlessness.
5. something worthless, trivial, or pointless.
8. a cabinet built around or below a bathroom sink.
10. produced as a showcase for one's own performing talents.
11. of, pertaining to, or issued by a vanity press: vanity books.
[1200–50; < Old French < Latin vānitās=vān(us) (see vain) + -itās -ity]
syn: See pride.



See Also: PRIDE

  1. An aura of self-love clung to him like a cloak —Robert Traver
  2. Arrogance … was escaping from him like steam —Cornell Woolrich
  3. Arrogant as a hummingbird with a full feeder —A. E. Maxwell
  4. As careful about his looks as a young girl getting ready for her first dance —Carlos Fuentes
  5. Conceit grows as natural as hair on one’s head; but it is longer in coming out —Bartlett’s Dictionary of Americanisms
  6. Conceit like a high gloss varnish smeared over him —Rosa Guy
  7. Conceit that plays itself in an elevated nose … that is only playing at being conceited; like children play at being kings and queens and go strutting around with feathers and trains —Jerome K. Jerome
  8. The ego blows up like a big balloon —Delmore Schwartz
  9. Flaunt my knowledges, like a woman will flaunt her pretty body —Borden Deal
  10. He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow —George Eliot
  11. He [a man without vanity] would be a very admirable man, a man to be put under a glass case, and shown round as a specimen, a man to be stuck upon a pedestal, and copied like a school exercise —Jerome K. Jerome

    Jerome concluded his comparison as follows: “A man to be reverenced, but not a man to be loved, not a human brother whose hand we should care to grip.”

  12. (Ed Koch) is like the rooster who takes credit for the sunrise —Jack Newfield, Village Voice, October 7, 1986
  13. Looks at herself in the mirror like she was the first woman in the world —George Garrett
  14. A man is inseparable from his congenital vanities and stupidities, as a dog is inseparable from its fleas —H. L. Mencken
  15. A man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms … the rich for the alms of envy, the poor man for the alms of my pity —Ben Hecht
  16. My vanity [after hurtful remark] like a newly-felled tree, lies prone and bleeding —Carolyn Kizer
  17. Preening himself like a courting rooster —Robert Traver
  18. Preening like a politician after a landslide victory —Elyse Sommer
  19. Puffed himself up like a ship in full sail —Hans Christian Andersen
  20. Self-love is a cup without any bottom; you might pour all the great lakes into it, and never fill it up —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  21. Sleek and smug as a full-bellied shark —T. Coraghessan Boyle
  22. Strutting … like a pouter pigeon —Jerome K. Jerome

    The pigeon named for its propensity for puffing out its distensible crops provides a novel alternative of the more commonly used “Strutting like a peacock.”

  23. Vanity is as ill at ease under indifference as tenderness is under a love which it cannot return —George Eliot
  24. Vanity, like murder, will out —Hannah Parkhouse Cowley
  25. Vanity, like sexual impulse, gives rise to needless self-reproach —Charles Horton Cooley

    Cooley followed up on his simile with “Why be ashamed of anything so human? What, indeed should we be without it.”

  26. Vanity may be likened to the smooth-skinned and velvet-footed mouse, nibbling about forever in expectation of a crumb —William Gilmore Simms
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vanity - feelings of excessive pridevanity - feelings of excessive pride    
pride, pridefulness - a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
2.vanity - the quality of being valueless or futilevanity - the quality of being valueless or futile; "he rejected the vanities of the world"
worthlessness, ineptitude - having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful; "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness"
3.vanity - the trait of being unduly vain and conceitedvanity - the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
trait - a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
narcism, narcissism, self-love - an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself; "self-love that shut out everyone else"
boastfulness, vainglory - outspoken conceit
egotism, swelled head, self-importance - an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
posturing - adopting a vain conceited posture
4.vanity - low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeupvanity - low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
table - a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs; "it was a sturdy table"


1. pride, arrogance, conceit, airs, showing off (informal), pretension, narcissism, egotism, self-love, ostentation, vainglory, self-admiration, affected ways, bigheadedness (informal), conceitedness, swollen-headedness (informal) Men who use steroids are motivated by sheer vanity.
pride modesty, humility, self-deprecation, meekness, self-abasement
2. futility, uselessness, worthlessness, emptiness, frivolity, unreality, triviality, hollowness, pointlessness, inanity, unproductiveness, fruitlessness, unsubstantiality, profitlessness the futility of human existence and the vanity of wealth
futility value, worth, importance
"I've only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror" [Sid Vicious]
"Vanity is a vital aid to nature: completely and absolutely necessary to life. It is one of nature's ways to bind you to the earth" [Elizabeth Smart Necessary Secrets]
"Vanity, like murder, will out" [Hannah Cowley The Belle's Stratagem]
"Possibly, more people kill themselves and others out of hurt vanity than out of envy, jealousy, malice or desire for revenge" [Iris Murdoch The Philosopher's Pupil]
"Vanity of vanities, all is vanity" Bible: Ecclesiastes
"We are so vain that we even care for the opinion of those we don't care for" [Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach]


1. A regarding of oneself with undue favor:
Slang: ego trip.
2. The condition or quality of being useless or ineffective:
بُطْلان، عُقْمزَهْو، غُرور
fánÿti, hégómihégómagirnd
hiçlikkendini beğenmişlikkibirnafileleik


A. N
1. (= conceit) → vanidad f
to do sth out of vanityhacer algo por vanidad
2. (= pride) → orgullo m
3. (= emptiness) → vanidad f
all is vanitytodo es vanidad
B. CPD vanity case Nneceser m
vanity (license) plate N (esp US) (Aut) → matrícula f personalizada
vanity unit Nlavabo m empotrado


[ˈvænəti] n
(= conceitedness) → vanité f
(= concern with one's appearance) → coquetterie f
He refused to wear glasses. It was sheer vanity → Il refusait de porter des lunettes. C'était par pure coquetterie.
to do sth out of vanity → faire qch par coquetterie
(= futility) → futilité fvanity box nvanity-case mvanity case nvanity-case mvanity plate nplaque f d'immatriculation personnalisée


(concerning looks) → Eitelkeit f; (concerning own value) → Einbildung f, → Eingebildetheit f; vanity made him think he was bound to succeeder war so eingebildet or so von sich eingenommen, dass er einen Misserfolg für ausgeschlossen hielt
(= worthlessness, of life, pleasures) → Nichtigkeit f, → Hohlheit f; (of words)Hohlheit f; (of efforts)Vergeblichkeit f; all is vanityalles ist vergebens
(US: = dressing table) → Frisiertisch m


vanity case
Vanity Fair
nJahrmarkt mder Eitelkeiten
vanity plates
pl (US Aut) Nummernschild mit persönlicher Note
vanity press
n (esp US) → Selbstkostenverlag m
vanity publishing
n Veröffentlichung, für die ein Autor selbst bezahlt, da es sonst nicht zur Veröffentlichung kommen würde


[ˈvænɪtɪ] nvanità f inv


(vein) adjective
1. having too much pride in one's appearance, achievements etc; conceited. She's very vain about her good looks.
2. unsuccessful. He made a vain attempt to reach the drowning woman.
3. empty; meaningless. vain threats; vain promises.
ˈvainly adverb
unsuccessfully. He searched vainly for the treasure.
vanity (ˈvӕnəti) noun
1. excessive admiration of oneself; conceit. Vanity is her chief fault.
2. worthlessness or pointlessness. the vanity of human ambition.
in vain
with no success. He tried in vain to open the locked door.
References in classic literature ?
said Annie with a funny look, as Meg slipped the note into her pocket as a sort of talisman against envy, vanity, and false pride, for the few loving words had done her good, and the flowers cheered her up by their beauty.
Clouded cotton stockings, and shoes, on one of the latter of which was a plated spur, completed the costume of the lower extremity of this figure, no curve or angle of which was concealed, but, on the other hand, studiously exhibited, through the vanity or simplicity of its owner.
The delighted Dick, with conscious vanity beaming from every feature of his shining face, lightly waved the compliment aside with his handkerchief, as she continued, "But I am forgetting the message.
Vanity, it may be, chose to mortify itself, by putting on, for ceremonials of pomp and state, the garments that had been wrought by her sinful hands.
It was a matter of no little vanity to him on Sundays, to take his station in front of the church gallery, with a band of chosen singers; where, in his own mind, he completely carried away the palm from the parson.
There's the fruits of promotion now; there's the vanity of glory: there's the insanity of life
You have been brought up to it, you plod on like beasts of burden, thinking only of the day and its pain--yet is there a man among you who can believe that such a system will continue forever--is there a man here in this audience tonight so hardened and debased that he dare rise up before me and say that he believes it can continue forever; that the product of the labor of society, the means of existence of the human race, will always belong to idlers and parasites, to be spent for the gratification of vanity and lust--to be spent for any purpose whatever, to be at the disposal of any individual will whatever--that somehow, somewhere, the labor of humanity will not belong to humanity, to be used for the purposes of humanity, to be controlled by the will of humanity?
But the surprise rose higher still when the dame, with a body oozing easy indifference at every pore, but eyes that gave it all away by absolutely flaming with vanity, slowly unfolded an actual simon-pure tablecloth and spread it.
But the manager succeeded in persuading him to recall the encore, and said the company would feel sufficiently rewarded and complimented in the mere fact that the encore was desired by his Majesty, without fatiguing him with a repetition to gratify their own vanity.
Much stress has been laid upon the fact that the accused offered a very large reward for the knife with which this murder was done; that no thief came forward to claim that extraordinary reward; that the latter fact was good circumstantial evidence that the claim that the knife had been stolen was a vanity and a fraud; that these details taken in connection with the memorable and apparently prophetic speech of the deceased concerning that knife, and the finally discovery of that very knife in the fatal room where no living person was found present with the slaughtered man but the owner of the knife and his brother, form an indestructible chain of evidence which fixed the crime upon those unfortunate strangers.
Like many other simple-hearted souls, it was her pet vanity to believe she was endowed with a talent for dark and mysterious diplomacy, and she loved to con- template her most transparent devices as marvels of low cunning.
Blue and pink waist ribbons were lying over the backs of chairs, and the girl who had a Roman sash was praying that she might be kept from vanity and pride.