inanity

Inanity is complete nonsense. You may be a huge fan of an action movie, but the inanity of its sequel means you're likely to skip the third and fourth installments.

A lot of what passes for comedy on TV is really just inanities: foolish characters in ridiculous situations. And while one political figure makes meaningful speeches that truly inspire you, another tends to spout inanities. An earlier definition of inanity was "emptiness," from a Latin root meaning "empty or useless." During the 18th century, the word came to mean "empty of intelligence, or silly."

Definitions of inanity
  1. noun
    total lack of meaning or ideas
    synonyms: mindlessness, pointlessness, senselessness, vacuity
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    type of:
    meaninglessness
    the quality of having no value or significance
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