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: the quality or state of being inane: such as
: lack of substance : emptiness
: vapid, pointless, or fatuous character : shallowness
: something that is inane
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absurdity, asininity, bêtise, fatuity, folly, foolery, foppery, idiocy, imbecility, insanity, lunacy, stupidity
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1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1
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to make faulty or ineffective
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