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  • n. The property of being vain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being vain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being vain; ineffectualness; fruitlessness: as. the vainness of effort.
  • n. Empty pride; vanity.
  • n. Foolishness; folly.


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  • O the vainness, and the frailties, and the foolishness of men!

    There but for the Grace of God…? | Mind on Fire

  • “Oh dear!” exclaimed Ariadne, feeling the vainness of her wish to fly from the god.

    Phineas Redux

  • I have seen the strange madness of futility fall upon them when a little thing like a spinning dust-cloud, or the hollow crying of a bird, or the moan of the wind through bare branches brought to their gloomy minds the emptiness of life and the vainness of existence.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian

  • "If only we could have a cup of good hot coffee first, before we start," said Beth, and she smiled at the vainness of the thought.

    The Furnace of Gold

  • It was become such a world as did not seem worth a man's while to live in: a world of vainness, of hollowness, of meanness, of nothing but illusions.

    Bardelys the Magnificent; being an account of the strange wooing pursued by the Sieur Marcel de Saint-Pol, marquis of Bardelys...

  • It was as though the love letter of Juliet had led her here to show her as in a glass darkly the vainness of love in the vainness of life.

    The Ghost Girl

  • Jochanan Hakka-dosh, the saintly prop of Israel, expounds from his deathbed a gospel of struggle and endurance in which a troubled echo of the great strain of Ben Ezra may no doubt be heard; but his career is, as a whole, a half-sad, half-humorous commentary on the vainness of striving to extend the iron frontiers of mortality.

    Robert Browning

  • His was a curious temperament, and this sentimentality, born of vainness and idle hours, by no means expressed it all.

    Lysbeth, a Tale of the Dutch

  • The vainness of self-worship, and the waste of life.


  • Among the Carmelites are rich and pretty women who have lived in the world and left it, wholly convinced of the vainness of its joys; and these nuns, who evidently know nothing, have had an intuition of that vacuity which it has needed years of experience for the others to gain.

    En Route


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