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 : vapid, pointless, or fatuous character : shallowness
b : lack of substance : emptiness
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
Recent Examples on the Web Everywhere Gogol describes a world of incandescent inanity. Gary Saul Morson, The New York Review of Books, "An Incandescent Inanity," 3 Nov. 2020 To commemorate Boseman as the fictitious T’Challa, king of fantasyland Wakanda, perpetuates the sci-fi comic-book inanity of Black Panther and of childish Afrocentricity. Armond White, National Review, "The Usable Enigma of Chadwick Boseman," 2 Sep. 2020 And so Eurovision the movie — officially, it’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga — surrenders early and often to the spandexed inanity of it all. Leah Greenblatt,, "Netflix's star-studded Eurovision movie is goofy to a fault: Review," 24 June 2020 Pressed by reporters to explain why the White House wasn’t releasing more protective medical equipment in the National Strategic Stockpile to states that needed it most, Kushner pushed back with inanity. Adam Weinstein, The New Republic, "The Coronavirus Coups Are Upon Us," 3 Apr. 2020 The language ranges from Victorian pastiche to modern vernacular and inanity. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Dracula’ and ‘Frankenstein’? Nothing to Be Scared Of," 17 Feb. 2020 Visually effective storytelling, emotional exploration, and political scrutiny have been so obstructed by Marvel–Star Wars inanity and TV distraction (through the novelty of streaming services) that critics have lost sight of cinema aesthetics. Armond White, National Review, "The 15th Annual Better-Than List," 3 Jan. 2020 Snickers The candy bar, making its sixth appearance in the Super Bowl in the past decade, takes a tongue-in-cheek approach by showing the inanities of modern life through a musical number. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Super Bowl commercials: Watch the leaked ads," 2 Feb. 2020 An epic consecrating empire’s end, rather than its origins, this book-length poem sings of the absurdities, inanities, and injustices that pervade modern life. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 19 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of inanity

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 Nov 2020

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“Inanity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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