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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
inhoudsloosheidleegheidstupiditeitzinloosheid

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
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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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
that would account for the utter inanity and wrong-headedness of the thing.
We have the inanity of Brexiters being screamed at in the streets and labelled right wing extremists.
Yet, who cares about the inanity of this whole thing?
Rowling deftly circumnavigates all of the tropes and constructs that have long since relegated the male-author-dominated thriller genre to a place of ridicule and sheer inanity. It elevates the form from a place of predictable stodginess.