inan·​i·​ty | \ i-ˈna-nə-tē How to pronounce inanity (audio) \
plural inanities

Definition of inanity

1 : the quality or state of being inane: such as
a : lack of substance : emptiness
b : vapid, pointless, or fatuous character : shallowness
2 : something that is inane

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Examples of inanity in a Sentence

quickly realized that her suggestion was an inanity and withdrew it the jaw-dropping inanity of the singer's comments on the awards show

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But, in fact, his knowledge of the 14th century’s arcane culture may be the best preparation for capturing the inanity of contemporary educational theory and rhetoric. Ron Charles Critic, Washington Post, "Parents will stop at nothing to get their kids into a prestigious school," 16 July 2019 People such as your humble correspondent can rail all day about the Left’s race obsession, its identity politics, and its policy inanities. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Trump and the ‘Racist Tweets’," 16 July 2019 Besides these inanities, the film also elides or ignores key questions about Pavarotti’s career. Philip Kennicott, Twin Cities, "Even opera lovers should grit their teeth and watch this mediocre Pavarotti film," 14 June 2019 Forcing them to repeat themselves should prompt them to recognize their own inanity, if not their rudeness. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Stay-at-home dad objects to ‘playing hooky’ remarks," 5 June 2019 Forcing them to repeat themselves should prompt them to recognize their own inanity, if not their rudeness. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: I’m a stay-at-home dad, and their remarks offend me," 5 June 2019 Veep has managed to both address gender politics and the inanity of what's expected of women in power, as well as critique the whole system of power itself, without (hardly) ever punching down. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Julia Louis-Dreyfus on Veep's Final Season and Why She Wrote a Personal Letter to Christine Blasey Ford," 28 Mar. 2019 After only a little more inanity, Mr. Jay himself appeared. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Sleights of Hand With Cards, Coins and a Colander," 26 June 2018 The Crew 2 doesn’t even have fun with the inanity inherent in chasing nonspecific social media presence points. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "The Crew 2 review: Where is everybody?," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of inanity

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of inanity was in 1603

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