Vanity is the quality of being vain, or having a ridiculous amount of pride. If you have excessive vanity in your appearance, you probably spend long hours sitting at your vanity table doing your makeup or plucking your nose hairs.

If you pride yourself on looking absolutely perfect and refuse to do any work that might dirty your clothes or mess up your hair, someone might accuse you of vanity. Often vanity is empty, like the emperor’s in The Emperor's New Clothes. If someone pays to have her own book published even though it’s really bad, we say it is a vanity printing.

Definitions of vanity
  1. noun
    feelings of excessive pride
    synonyms: amour propre, conceit, self-love
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    pride, pridefulness
    a feeling of self-respect and personal worth
  2. noun
    the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
    synonyms: conceit, conceitedness
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    humbleness, humility
    a disposition to be humble; a lack of false pride
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    narcism, narcissism, self-love
    an exceptional interest in and admiration for yourself
    boastfulness, vainglory
    outspoken conceit
    egotism, self-importance, swelled head
    an exaggerated opinion of your own importance
    adopting a vain conceited posture
    superiority complex
    an exaggerated estimate of your own value and importance
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    a distinguishing feature of your personal nature
  3. noun
    the quality of being valueless or futile
    “he rejected the vanities of the world”
    synonyms: emptiness
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    ineptitude, worthlessness
    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
  4. noun
    low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup
    synonyms: dresser, dressing table, toilet table
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    a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs
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