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

n feelings of excessive pride

amour propre, conceit, self-love
Type of:
pride, pridefulness
a feeling of self-respect and personal worth

n the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride

conceit, conceitedness
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
Type of:
a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

n the quality of being valueless or futile

“he rejected the vanities of the world”
Type of:
ineptitude, worthlessness
having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful

n low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while dressing or applying makeup

dresser, dressing table, toilet table
Type of:
a piece of furniture having a smooth flat top that is usually supported by one or more vertical legs

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