vanitas

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English[edit]

A vanitas painting by Harmen Steenwijck

Etymology[edit]

From Latin vanitas. Doublet of vanity.

Noun[edit]

vanitas (plural vanitases)

  1. (painting) A type of still life painting, symbolic of mortality, characteristic of Dutch painting of the 16th and 17th centuries.
    • 2009 March 6, Holland Cotter, “Change and Permanence, Captured by Cameras”, in New York Times[1]:
      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]

vānus +‎ -tās.

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Noun[edit]

vānitās f (genitive vānitātis); third declension

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

Declension[edit]

Third-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative vānitās vānitātēs
Genitive vānitātis vānitātum
Dative vānitātī vānitātibus
Accusative vānitātem vānitātēs
Ablative vānitāte vānitātibus
Vocative vānitās vānitātēs

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References[edit]

  • vanitas in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • vanitas in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • vanitas in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • vanitas in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette