emptiness vs vanity what difference

what is difference between emptiness and vanity



empty +‎ -ness


emptiness (countable and uncountable, plural emptinesses)

  1. The state or feeling of being empty.



  • Stempiens, sepiments



va(i)n +‎ -ity, from Middle English vanite, from Old French vanité, from Latin vānitas, from vānus, whence English vain. Doublet of vanitas.


  • IPA(key): /ˈvæ.nɪ.ti/


vanity (countable and uncountable, plural vanities)

  1. That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
  2. Excessive pride in or admiration of one’s own abilities, appearance or achievements.
  3. 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 on top. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.
  4. A washbasin installed into a permanently fixed storage unit, used as an item of bathroom furniture.
  5. Emptiness. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  6. (obsolete) Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.
    It is a vanity to say that if two stones are dropped from a tower, the heavier will experience the greater acceleration.


  • conceit
  • egotism
  • narcissism
  • pride
  • See also Thesaurus:arrogance

Derived terms

  • vanity case
  • vanity item

Related terms

  • vain


Further reading

  • vanity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • vanity in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.

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