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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle French inane, from Latin inānis (empty, vain, useless).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ɪˈneɪn/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪn

AdjectiveEdit

inane (comparative more inane, superlative most inane)

  1. Lacking sense or meaning (often to the point of boredom or annoyance)
    (lacking sense): Synonyms: silly, fatuous, vapid
    This supremely gifted kid told me that in the early elementary grades, the songs sung in music class were so inane that he wanted to skip grades already! Eventually he did, so better late than never.
  2. Purposeless; pointless
    • I. Taylor
      Vague and inane instincts.

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NounEdit

inane (plural inanes)

  1. That which is void or empty.
    • Locke
      The undistinguishable inane of infinite space.
    • 1881, Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque:
      [...] whom we watch as we watch the clouds careering in the windy, bottomless inane, or read about like characters in ancient and rather fabulous annals.

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ItalianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin inānis.

AdjectiveEdit

inane (masculine and feminine plural inani)

  1. (literary) useless, vain, inane
    Synonyms: inutile, vano

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LatinEdit

AdjectiveEdit

ināne

  1. nominative neuter singular of inānis
  2. accusative neuter singular of inānis
  3. vocative neuter singular of inānis

ReferencesEdit

  • inane in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • inane in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • (ambiguous) rich in ideas: sententiis abundans or creber (opp. sententiis inanis)
    • (ambiguous) mere words; empty sound: inanis verborum sonitus
    • (ambiguous) senseless rant: inanium verborum flumen
    • (ambiguous) to be misled by a vain hope: inani, falsa spe duci, induci

PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin inānis.

AdjectiveEdit

inane m or f (plural inanes, comparable)

  1. inane (lacking sense or meaning)
    Synonyms: vão, vazio, fútil

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SpanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin inānis.

AdjectiveEdit

inane (plural inanes)

  1. inane; pointless