inan·​i·​ty i-ˈna-nə-tē How to pronounce inanity (audio)
plural inanities
: the quality or state of being inane: such as
: vapid, pointless, or fatuous character : shallowness
: lack of substance : emptiness
: something that is inane

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
Recent Examples on the Web Americans have been through two national campaigns starring Trump before, but this may set new levels of inanity. Philip Elliott, TIME, 31 May 2024 Jessie complaining about Gossip Girl filming near her house is a delicious little piece of inanity. Emma Specter, Vogue, 17 Apr. 2024 Bloom, as ever, is quick to point out the inanity of the idea that everyone has to be in-person just because. Jane Thier, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 As Benoist's newspaper reporter Sadie and her colleagues type up the scandalous scoops from their candidate's bus, I was struck by the inanity of the whole exercise. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2024 This is too much for reviewers accustomed to simplistic sci-fi/comic-book formula, overrating the inanity of Damian Chazelle’s First Man and preferring Gravity to the depth and beauty of De Palma’s Mission to Mars. Armond White, National Review, 8 Mar. 2024 Poor Things François Ozon’s delirious feminist farce captures the inanity of the #MeToo movement. Armond White, National Review, 5 Jan. 2024 The over-all direction of Musk’s changes hasn’t been too surprising, but the magnitude of the shift—the sheer inanity of it—still shocks me. Sheon Han, The New Yorker, 5 Jan. 2024 Such moments of forthrightness land like information drops when layered between the ongoing inanity of Oakbeds. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Inanity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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inan·​i·​ty in-ˈan-ət-ē How to pronounce inanity (audio)
plural inanities
: the quality or state of being inane
: something inane

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