Definition of 'vanity'
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She will raise taxes to fund vanity projects and push to restrict free speech. The Sun (2016)This vanity project must be stopped. The Sun (2016)Trident is no more than a British vanity project. Times, Sunday Times (2016)They will not lead the nation into unnecessary wars, overblown vanity projects or personal scandals. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He said:'It is fantastic this money will be diverted from vanity projects to saving lives. The Sun (2017)But last night it was branded a costly vanity project, aimed at persuading voters they got it wrong over Brexit. The Sun (2017)Witness the revival of the vanity case. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Strong is unrepentant about the sheer vanity of the project. Times, Sunday Times (2015)That he will always be brought down by his conceit and vanity. The Sun (2015)This is the mother of all vanity projects. Times, Sunday Times (2014)The poem crackles with an ironic knowledge of human vanity. Times, Sunday Times (2006) Pride and vanity have a tendency to bring to the surface more pride and vanity. Christianity Today (2000)Anything more would be sheer vanity on my part. Times, Sunday Times (2015)It all lacks focus and just comes across as a vanity project. The Sun (2007)Such various forms does man's vanity take! Wives and Daughters (1864)Clearly, ambition and vanity played a huge part. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The heavy vanity basin unit had not been secured to a wall properly, a court heard. The Sun (2016)Welcome copper, rust and olive pigments into your vanity case. Times, Sunday Times (2009)As a lesson in vanity and sheer human folly, it deserves to be a classic. Times, Sunday Times (2009)There have been some successes, but the business has remained very much at the vanity end of publishing. Times, Sunday Times (2006)It was not vanity so much as the self-consciousness of a shy man who had spent his entire adult life in the spotlight. The Sun (2015)But this was enough to wear off the shyness on her side, and any symptoms of mortified pride and vanity on his. North and South (1855)So I want us to get rid of the baggage of all worldly vanity and selfish love for ourselves. Sources of the West: Readings in Western Civilization, Volume 1: From the Beginning to 1715 (1995)But vanity, not love, has been my folly. Pride and Prejudice (1813)Nor would we have it any other way: it's all the way that vanity takes you. Times, Sunday Times (2011)
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Translations for 'vanity'
British English: vanity NOUN
If you refer to someone's vanity, you are critical of them because they take great pride in their appearance or abilities.
He was motivated by sheer vanity.
Definition of vanity from the Collins English Dictionary
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