from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The quality or condition of being vain.
- n. Excessive pride in one's appearance or accomplishments; conceit. See Synonyms at conceit.
- n. Lack of usefulness, worth, or effect; worthlessness.
- n. Something that is vain, futile, or worthless.
- n. Something about which one is vain or conceited.
- n. A vanity case.
- n. See dressing table.
- n. A bathroom cabinet that encloses a basin and its water lines and drain, usually furnished with shelves and drawers underneath for storage of toiletries.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
- n. Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.
- n. 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.
- n. Emptiness.
- n. Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- n. One of the established characters in the old moralities and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.
- n. same as dressing table.
- n. A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a countertop and sometimes drawers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The character or state of being vain
- n. 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.
- n. Ostentation; ambitious display; pompous vaunting; pride; vainglory.
- n. That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, or unsubstantial
- n. Fruitless desire or endeavor; effort which produces no result.
- n. An empty or vain conceit; a trifle.
- n. In the Bible, a heathen deity, as having no proper existence.
- n. One of the personified vices in the old moralities and puppet-shows.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
- n. feelings of excessive pride
- n. the quality of being valueless or futile
- n. the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
Vanity of vanity saith the Preacher, all is vanity, where the word vanity indicates that striving is in vain, because death comes to all, and there is no new thing under the sun.
The besetting sin of all women is vanity; _vanity is a woman's consciousness of her power over men. _ "
Thus, the label vanity -- which I did not invent, BTW.
But the story of how the best of us can undone and destroyed by our vanity is an old and important one.
So, "Thriller" was just what you call a vanity video.
In theology, it is what we call vanity or the sin of pride.
'It gets me into what they call vanity publishing.
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.
We found that that the word 'vanity' doesn't have a negative connotation to it with this consumer.
Besides outright plagiarism, I think a lot of the problem is what I call vanity publishing.