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 for Vanity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Vanity \Van"i*ty\, n.; pl. Vanities. [OE. vanite, F.
     vanit['e], L. vanitas, fr. vanus empty, vain. See Vain.]
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     1. The quality or state of being vain; want of substance to
        satisfy desire; emptiness; unsubstantialness; unrealness;
        falsity.
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              Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of
              vanities; all is vanity.              --Eccl. i. 2.
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              Here I may well show the vanity of that which is
              reported in the story of Walsingham.  --Sir J.
                                                    Davies.
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     2. An inflation of mind upon slight grounds; empty pride
        inspired by an overweening conceit of one's personal
        attainments or decorations; an excessive desire for notice
        or approval; pride; ostentation; conceit.
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              The exquisitely sensitive vanity of Garrick was
              galled.                               --Macaulay.
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     3. That which is vain; anything empty, visionary, unreal, or
        unsubstantial; fruitless desire or effort; trifling labor
        productive of no good; empty pleasure; vain pursuit; idle
        show; unsubstantial enjoyment.
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              Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher. --Eccl. i.
                                                    2.
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              Vanity possesseth many who are desirous to know the
              certainty of things to come.          --Sir P.
                                                    Sidney.
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              [Sin] with vanity had filled the works of men.
                                                    --Milton.
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              Think not, when woman's transient breath is fled,
              That all her vanities at once are dead;
              Succeeding vanities she still regards. --Pope.
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     4. One of the established characters in the old moralities
        and puppet shows. See Morality, n., 5.
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              You . . . take vanity the puppet's part. --Shak.
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     5. same as dressing table.
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     6. A cabinet built around a bathroom sink, usually with a
        countertop and sometimes drawers.
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     Syn: Egotism; pride; emptiness; worthlessness;
          self-sufficiency. See Egotism, and Pride.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dressing table \Dressing table\, n.
     a table, usually having a vertical back piece containing a
     mirror, at which a person may sit while dressing or applying
     makeup, and on which articles for the toilet stand. It often
     has drawers for toiletries, clothing, or accessories. It is
     also called a vanity or vanity table.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  vanity
      n 1: feelings of excessive pride [syn: amour propre,
           conceit, self-love, vanity]
      2: the quality of being valueless or futile; "he rejected the
         vanities of the world" [syn: vanity, emptiness]
      3: the trait of being unduly vain and conceited; false pride
         [syn: conceit, conceitedness, vanity] [ant:
         humbleness, humility]
      4: low table with mirror or mirrors where one sits while
         dressing or applying makeup [syn: dressing table,
         dresser, vanity, toilet table]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  104 Moby Thesaurus words for "vanity":
     absurdity, aimlessness, amour propre, arrogance, autotheism,
     big deal, bluster, boast, boastfulness, boasting, bombast,
     bootlessness, brag, braggadocio, braggartism, bragging, bravado,
     cockiness, conceit, conceitedness, egotism, emptiness, face,
     fanfaronade, fatuity, fecklessness, flimsiness, folly, foolishness,
     frivolity, frivolousness, fruitlessness, futility, gasconade,
     gasconism, haughtiness, heroics, hollowness, idleness, impotence,
     inanity, independence, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, inefficacy,
     jactation, jactitation, levity, lightness, meaninglessness,
     narcissism, nugacity, otiosity, pardonable pride, pointlessness,
     pride, pridefulness, profitlessness, proudness, purposelessness,
     purse-pride, rat race, rodomontade, self-admiration, self-conceit,
     self-confidence, self-consequence, self-esteem, self-importance,
     self-love, self-reliance, self-respect, self-sufficiency,
     self-worship, shallowness, side, silliness, slenderness,
     slightness, stiff-necked pride, stiff-neckedness, superficiality,
     swagger, the absurd, triflingness, triteness, triviality,
     trivialness, unproductiveness, unprofitability, unprofitableness,
     unreality, uselessness, vacuity, vacuousness, vainglory, vainness,
     valuelessness, vapidity, vaunt, vauntery, vaunting, vicious circle,
     worthlessness
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  VANITY, n.  The tribute of a fool to the worth of the nearest ass.
  
      They say that hens do cackle loudest when
          There's nothing vital in the eggs they've laid;
          And there are hens, professing to have made
      A study of mankind, who say that men
      Whose business 'tis to drive the tongue or pen
          Make the most clamorous fanfaronade
          O'er their most worthless work; and I'm afraid
      They're not entirely different from the hen.
      Lo! the drum-major in his coat of gold,
          His blazing breeches and high-towering cap --
      Imperiously pompous, grandly bold,
          Grim, resolute, an awe-inspiring chap!
      Who'd think this gorgeous creature's only virtue
      Is that in battle he will never hurt you?
                                                       Hannibal Hunsiker
  

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