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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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 Zone Out's script, just like Sunspring's, teeters on the edge of inanity and emotion—which, honestly, puts it right up there with the best of the sci-fi canon. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "This wild, AI-generated film is the next step in “whole-movie puppetry”," 11 June 2018 The stories in Robert Aickman’s Compulsory Games, reissued this month by New York Review Books Classics, plumb the darkness curtained off by our normal, boring lives, as well as the inanity of those lives themselves. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Weird Fiction Is Alive," 7 May 2018 The psychiatric security board, with jurisdiction over 153 people acquitted of crimes by reason of inanity, must approve any transfer, as well as any temporary leaves or conditional discharges, should they be requested in the future. Josh Kovner,, "Six Years After Insanity Acquittal, Killer Of Wesleyan Student Could Gain Greater Freedoms," 12 Apr. 2018 My first book was designed to expose the inanity of those, and other, arguments. Annette Gordon-reed, New York Times, "Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past," 24 Aug. 2017 The only thing the White House seems liable to do with any regularity is to dilute its inanity with incompetence. Bess Levin, The Hive, "Trump’s White House Sabotages His Own Madman Act," 2 Oct. 2017

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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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