vanitas

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English[edit]

A vanitas painting by Harmen Steenwijck

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vanitas

Noun[edit]

vanitas (plural vanitases)

  1. (painting) A type of still life painting, symbolic of mortality, characteristic of Dutch painting of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
    • 2009 March 6, Holland Cotter, “Change and Permanence, Captured by Cameras”, New York Times:
      In her straight-ahead photographs of storefronts, an arrangement of shoes or shrink-wrapped furniture becomes a vanitas still life.

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

vanus +‎ -itas

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vānitas f (genitive vānitātis); third declension

  1. emptiness, nothingness
    vanitas vanitatum — vanity of vanities
  2. falsity, falsehood, deception, untruth, untrustworthiness, fickleness
  3. vanity, vainglory

Inflection[edit]

Third declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative vānitas vānitātēs
genitive vānitātis vānitātum
dative vānitātī vānitātibus
accusative vānitātem vānitātēs
ablative vānitāte vānitātibus
vocative vānitas vānitātēs