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vanity (trait)

Definition:

the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

Class:

attribute noun (attributes of people and objects)

Related to:

vain

Plural:

vanities

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

"that which is vain, futile, or worthless", from Old French vanite, from Latin...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of vanity...

Definition references  (+images)

Collins Dictionary:

conceitedness | conceited | fanciful [synonym, sense-specific] | conceitedly [adverb, derived]

conceited behaviour or attitude | having a high or exaggerated opinion of oneself or one's accomplishments | [archaic] fanciful | [obsolete] witty or ... (20 of 295 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/conceitedness

Oxford Dictionary:

conceited | vain [synonym] | big-headed [informal] | conceitedly [derived] | conceitedness [derived]

excessively proud of oneself; vain (5 of 46 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/conceited

American Heritage Dictionary:

conceited | conceitedly [adverb, related] | conceitedness [noun, related]

Holding or characterized by an unduly high opinion of oneself; vain. (11 of 17 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conceited

New World Dictionary:

conceited | conceitedly [adverb, related] | conceitedness [noun, related]

having an exaggerated opinion of oneself, one's merits, etc.; vain | [obsolete] whimsical; fanciful (13 of 17 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/conceited

Wiktionary:

conceitedness | conceit [synonym] | vanity [synonym]

The state of being conceited; conceit; vanity. (7 of 8 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/conceitedness

Wikipedia:

Vanity | vainglory

the excessive belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others. Prior to the 14th century it did not have such narcissistic undertones, and merely meant futility. The related term vainglory is now often seen as an archaic synonym for vanity,... (41 of 1260 words, 2 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Vanity

Vanity (disambiguation)

excessive self-regard and overblown pride. Vanity may also refer to: Vanity (performer), the stage name of singer/actress Denise Matthews | Vanity 6, a former musical group | Vanity (album), a 2002 album by metalcore band Eighteen Visions | Vanity ... (36 of 248 words, 19 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Vanity (disambiguation)

Merriam-Webster:

vanity [entry 1, noun] | vanities [plural] | conceit [synonym, sense-specific] | amour propre [synonym, sense-specific] | bighead [synonym, sense-specific] | complacency [synonym, sense-specific] | conceitedness [synonym, sense-specific] | ego [synonym, sense-specific] | egotism [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

something that is vain, empty, or valueless | the quality or fact of being vain | inflated pride in oneself or one's appearance; "conceit" | a ... (23 of 213 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vanity

vanity [entry 2, adjective]

of, relating to, or being a work (as a book or recording) whose production cost is paid by the author or artist | of, relating to, or being a showcase ... (29 of 68 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vanity show=1

Random House Dictionary:

vanity | vanities [plural] | vanity case [sense-specific] | dressing table [sense-specific] | compact [synonym, entry 1, definition 13, sense-specific]

excessive pride in one's appearance, qualities, abilities, achievements, etc.; character or quality of being vain; conceit. | an instance or display ... (20 of 161 words, 12 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/vanity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

vanity [uncountable]

the fact of being too proud of your abilities, or too interested in your appearance | [formal] complete lack of importance or value (22 of 45 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/vanity

Cambridge Dictionary:

vanity [entry 1, disapproving]

when you are too interested in your appearance or achievements (10 of 30 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vanity 1

vanity [entry 2]

[United States] dressing table | [United States] a vanity unit (9 of 20 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vanity 2

Britannica Encyclopedia:

conceit [figure of speech]

figure of speech, usually a simile or metaphor, that forms an extremely ingenious or fanciful parallel between apparently dissimilar or incongruous ... (21 of 434 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/130855​/conceit

Columbia Encyclopedia:

conceit

in literature, fanciful or unusual image in which apparently dissimilar things are shown to have a relationship. The Elizabethan poets were fond of ... (23 of 119 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/ent​/A​0813149​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

conceited | conceitedly [adverb, derived] | conceitedness [noun, derived]

having or showing an excessively high opinion of your own qualities or abilities | imaginative, fanciful, witty, or ingenious (archaic) (19 of 44 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861599292​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

vanity

First use: early 13th century

Origin: "that which is vain, futile, or worthless", from Old French vanite, from Latin vanitatem (nominative vanitas) "emptiness, foolish ... (21 of 47 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=vanity

New World Dictionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

Origin: Middle English vanite from Old French vanité from Latin vanitas, emptiness, worthlessness from vanus, vain: see "want"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vanity

American Heritage Dictionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

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

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vanity

Wiktionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

Origin: Middle English vanite, from Old French vanité, from Latin vanitas, from Latin vanus, whence English vain.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/vanity

Oxford Dictionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

Origin: Middle English: from Old French vanite, from Latin vanitas, from vanus "empty" (see "vain")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/vanity

Collins Dictionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: from Old French vanité, from Latin vānitās emptiness, from vānus empty

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vanity

Merriam-Webster:

vanity [entry 1, noun] | vanities [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English vanite, from Anglo-French vanité, from Latin vanitat-, vanitas quality of being empty or vain, from vanus empty, vain

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/vanity

Encarta Dictionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

First use: 13th century

Origin: French from Latin vanitas from vanus "empty"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861733617​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "vanity"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "vanity"

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Collins Dictionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "vanity"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/vanity

Macmillan American Dictionary:

vanity [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "vanity"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/vanity

Macmillan British Dictionary:

vanity [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "vanity"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/vanity

Cambridge Dictionary:

vanity [entry 1, disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "vanity"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "vanity"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/vanity 1

the Free Dictionary:

vanity

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "vanity"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "vanity"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "vanity" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

vanity | vanities [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "vanity"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

vanity

Audio: North American pronunciation of "vanity"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=vanity​01 word=vanity

YourDictionary Audio:

vanity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "vanity" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/vanity

freedictionary.org:

vanity

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "vanity" by speech synthesizer

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