vanity
Having an excessively high opinion of one's own attainments and qualities. Aquinas makes no clear distinction between vanity and pride, but associates both with the desire for distinction and importance. According to Adam Smith, vanity is ‘always founded upon the belief of our being the object of attention and approbation’. Both Aquinas and Smith regard vanity as the principal motive to the pursuit of wealth and distinction (Summa Theologiae, IaIIae 84; work>The Theory of Moral Sentiments, i. 3. 2). See also Mandeville, Veblen.

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  • Vanity — Van i*ty, n.; pl. {Vanities}. [OE. vanite, vanit[ e], L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See {Vain}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness; falsity.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vanity — ist: der englische Begriff für Eitelkeit der Künstlername der Sängerin/Schauspielerin Denise Matthews der Name einer Pornodarstellerin, siehe Vaniity ein Begriff der Telekommunikation, siehe Vanity Rufnummer Vanity Verlag bezeichnet einen Verlag …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • vanity — (n.) early 13c., that which is vain, futile, or worthless, from O.Fr. vanite, from L. vanitatem (nom. vanitas) emptiness, foolish pride, from vanus empty, vain, idle (see VAIN (Cf. vain)). Meaning self conceited is attested from mid 14c. Vanity… …   Etymology dictionary

  • vanity — [van′ə tē] n. pl. vanities [ME vanite < OFr vanité < L vanitas, emptiness, worthlessness < vanus, vain: see WANT] 1. any thing or act that is vain, futile, idle, or worthless 2. the quality or fact of being vain, or worthless; futility 3 …   English World dictionary

  • vanity — index jactation, pride Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • vanity — *pride, vainglory Analogous words: self esteem, self love, *conceit, egotism, egoism, amour propre: complacency, self complacency, self satisfaction, smugness, priggishness (see corresponding adjectives at COMPLACENT): show, ostentation, pretense …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vanity — [n] conceit, egotism affectation, airs, arrogance, big headedness*, conceitedness, display, ego trip*, narcissism, ostentation, pretension, pride, self admiration, self love, self worship, show*, showing off*, smugness, vainglory; concept 410 Ant …   New thesaurus

  • vanity — ► NOUN (pl. vanities) 1) excessive pride in or admiration of one s own appearance or achievements. 2) the quality of being worthless or futile. ORIGIN Latin vanitas, from vanus empty, without substance …   English terms dictionary

  • Vanity — In conventional parlance, vanity is the excessive belief in one s own abilities or attractiveness to others. In many religions vanity is considered a form of self idolatry, in which one rejects God for the sake of one s own image, and thereby… …   Wikipedia

  • vanity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Excessive pride Nouns 1. vanity, conceit, conceitedness; immodesty, self esteem, self love, self praise; complacency, smugness, amour propre, hubris; ego trip. See boasting, selfishness. 2. [false] pride …   English dictionary for students

  • Vanity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Vanity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 vanity vanity Sgm: N 1 conceit conceit conceitedness Sgm: N 1 self conceit self conceit self complacency self confidence self sufficiency self esteem self love self approba …   English dictionary for students

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