Vanity is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand vanity (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use vanity in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of vanity, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of vanity, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
EXAMPLES - Vanity in a Sentence
- 'It gets me into what they call vanity publishing. (source)
- So, "Thriller" was just what you call a vanity video. (source)
- Alas, there is a reason they're called vanity presses. (source)
- The Grohmann Museum might thus be called a vanity museum. (source)
- There is also another vanity, which is done upon the earth. (source)
- "You wound my vanity, which is no mean accomplishment," he replied. (source)
- Even the faucet in the Italian vanity is touch-free to conserve water. (source)
- The cabinet maker copied photos of a brand name vanity for half the price. (source)
- Today a look at the star treatment or what some might call vanity insanity. (source)
- Biceps along with the pecs and abs are sometimes called vanity muscles because (source)
- He's every bit as vain, and as with Sellers 'Clouseau, the vanity is defensive. (source)
- But that which I was too vain of was my ruin, or rather my vanity was the cause of it. (source)
- Besides outright plagiarism, I think a lot of the problem is what I call vanity publishing. (source)
- We found that that the word 'vanity' doesn't have a negative connotation to it with this consumer. (source)
- As much as I hate to admit it, vanity is getting me back on track more than anything else right now. (source)
- The abominable creature thus called vanity to her assistance to stifle the last scruples of conscience. (source)
- Installing a modern bathroom vanity is a great way to remodel your bathroom, or resuscitate a boring bathroom design. (source)
- This sort of book once fell into a particular publishing category called a vanity book -- it was not to be taken seriously. (source)
- Find out at least let us find out, lord knows you will report the Clinton women issue in vanity fair which is all hearsay too. (source)
- Whenever Amory was submerged, his vanity was the last part to go below the surface, so he could still enjoy a comfortable glow when (source)
- Before Bale was Batman, he was Bateman; a materialistic Wall Street stockbroker in the late 80s whose vanity is exceeded only by his madness. (source)
- Using a search engine to see what results are returned when you enter your own name is sometimes referred to as vanity searching or egosurfing. (source)
- As evidence of that campaign, the suit included several comments Mr. Lorre included on what he calls "vanity cards" that appear at the end of each episode. (source)
- The brother is a little libertine, good natured and obliging; but a true Frenchman in vanity, which is undoubtedly the ruling passion of this volatile people. (source)
- It has been subject, Paul says, to "frustration," or "vanity"; the Greek word suggests that creation has been able to attain the purpose for which it was created. (source)
- "The hollowness of hollowness, all things are hollowness," said the preacher, and his translators have put the word vanity in his mouth, because it means the same thing. (source)
- The third essential male trait of self-expression we may follow from its innocent natural form in strutting cock or stamping stag up to the characteristics we label vanity and pride. (source)
- Swayed as it is by public opinion, it is necessarily conventional in its conception of duty and earnestly materialistic; for the meaning of the word vanity never crosses the vulgar heart. (source)
- Al Qaeda in Iraq, because of Zarqawi and because of what experts call his vanity and his love to show off and send out tapes and really look like bin Laden, he attracted a lot of attention to his group. (source)
- My whole stock of vanity is stir'd up, and I instantly take into view the situation in which I now stand contrasted with my former wants; the different prospect my four children have before them to what they would otherwise have had, had the publick never known that their Father had the gift of Song. (source)
- I am not afraid, by what I now say, of making you too vain; because I do not think that a just consciousness and an honest pride of doing well, can be called vanity; for vanity is either the silly affectation of good qualities which one has not, or the sillier pride of what does not deserve commendation in itself. (source)
- The two gentlemen, after having agreed on this point, talked over the wild freaks of the duke, convinced that France would be served in a very incomplete manner, as regarded both spirit and practice, in the ensuing expedition; and having summed up his policy under the word vanity, they set forward, in obedience to their will rather than to their destiny. (source)
- The place, and the freedom of conversation and deportment allowed there, gave her great advantages in my eye, although her habit required, as I thought, a little more gravity and circumspection: and I could not tell how to resist a secret pride and vanity, which is but too natural to both sexes, when they are taken notice of by persons so worthy of regard. (source)
- He speaks of the corporeal creation, made for the use and service of man; and, by occasion of his sin, made subject to vanity, that is, to a perpetual instability, tending to corruption and other defects; so that by a figure of speech it is here said to groan and be in labour, and to long for its deliverance, which is then to come, when sin shall reign no more; and (source)
- Montoni paused; and Emily remained silent and expecting; for she knew him too well, to believe he would condescend to such flattery, unless he thought it would promote his own interest; and, though he had forborne to name vanity among the foibles of women, it was evident, that he considered it to be a predominant one, since he designed to sacrifice to hers the character and understanding of her whole sex. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 55.0, which suggests that "vanity" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 18 synonyms for vanity.
affectation, airs, arrogance, big-headedness, conceitedness, display, ego trip, narcissism, ostentation, pretension, pride, self-admiration, self-love, self-worship, show, showing off, smugness, vainglory
We have 4 antonyms for vanity.
hiding, humility, modesty, truth
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of vanity from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) The quality or condition of being vain.
- (noun) Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit.
- (noun) Lack of usefulness, worth, or effect; worthlessness.
- (noun) Something that is vain, futile, or worthless.
- (noun) Something about which one is vain or conceited.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
- (noun) Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.
- (noun) A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. The table is normally quite low and similar to a desk, with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.
- (noun) Emptiness.
- (noun) Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.
- (noun) An inflation of mind upon slight grounds; empty pride inspired by an overweening conceit of one's personal attainments or decorations; an excessive desire for notice or approval; pride; ostentation; conceit.
- (noun) That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, unreal, or unsubstantial; fruitless desire or effort; trifling labor productive of no good; empty pleasure; vain pursuit; idle show; unsubstantial enjoyment.
- (noun) One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.
- (noun) same as dressing table.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) The character or state of being vain
- (noun) The desire of indiscriminate admiration; inflation of mind upon slight ground; empty pride, inspired by an overweening conceit of one's personal attainments or adornments, and making its possessor anxious for the notice and applause of others.
- (noun) Ostentation; ambitious display; pompous vaunting; pride; vainglory.
- (noun) That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, or unsubstantial
- (noun) Fruitless desire or endeavor; effort which produces no result.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
- (noun) feelings of excessive pride
- (noun) the quality of being valueless or futile
- (noun) the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride