noun (plural vanities)
- 1 [mass noun] Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own appearance or achievements: it flattered his vanity to think I was in love with him [count noun]: the vanities and ambitions of politiciansMore example sentences
conceit, conceitedness, self-conceit, narcissism, self-love, self-admiration, self-regard, self-absorption, self-obsession, self-centredness, egotism, egoism, egocentrism, egomania; pride, haughtiness, arrogance, boastfulness, swagger, imperiousness, cockiness, pretension, affectation, airs, show, ostentation
- He had no concern for his appearance; no personal vanity.
- A heart full of false pride, vanity and arrogance has no room for wisdom, so it will remain lost in the darkness.
- This is not, however, a simple tale of vanity or excessive consumption.
- 1.1 [as modifier] Denoting a person or company publishing works at the author’s expense: a vanity pressMore example sentences
- He lands a job editing manuscripts at a vanity publisher.
- I've just come across a vanity publishing firm called Blogbinders, which turns blog content into bound volumes.
- Backroom describes itself as essentially a vanity press, only capable of publishing work with the benefit of private backing.
- 2 [mass noun] The quality of being worthless or futile: the vanity of human wishesMore example sentences
- They might consider the bounty of the earth, in one mood, or the vanity of human wishes and desires in another.
- He was reflecting, perhaps, on the vanity of human passions.
- He composed another poem on the vanity of worldliness.
- 3North American A dressing table.More example sentences
- Upon examining the rest of the drawers, she realized it was more of a vanity than a desk.
- She pictured it the way she remembered it: light purple walls with a dark purple carpet, white wicker furniture and a small vanity in the corner.
- The room was like some sort of ritzy hotel, complete with a dresser, a vanity, and a four-poster bed.
Middle English: from Old French vanite, from Latin vanitas, from vanus 'empty' (see vain).