inanity

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noun inan·i·ty \i-ˈna-nə-tē\

Definition of inanity

plural

inanities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being inane: such asa :  lack of substance :  emptinessb :  vapid, pointless, or fatuous character :  shallowness

  2. 2 :  something that is inane

Examples of inanity in a Sentence

  1. quickly realized that her suggestion was an inanity and withdrew it

  2. the jaw-dropping inanity of the singer's comments on the awards show

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First Known Use of inanity

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