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[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] vannus: emptiness or a void - vanitas: vanity through Old French vanité to Middle English.

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vanity

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vanit

vanity (vanit)
  1. Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own appearance or achievements.
    • 1611, “Ecclesiastes 2:15-16”, in The King James Bible,  
      Then I said in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me and why then was I more wise? Then I said in my heart that this is also vanity.

      For there is no more remembrance of the wise than the fool forever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

  2. A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. It normally is a low table similar to a desk with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.
  3. Emptiness.

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