inānis (neuter ināne, comparative inānior, superlative inānissimus, adverb ināniter); third-declension two-termination adjective

  1. empty, void, hollow
    Synonyms: vacuus, vānus, irritus
    Antonyms: plenus, refertus, implētus, explētus, complētus, frequens
  2. vain
  3. worthless
    Synonyms: vīlis, miser
  4. foolish, inane


Third-declension two-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative inānis ināne inānēs inānia
Genitive inānis inānium
Dative inānī inānibus
Accusative inānem ināne inānēs
Ablative inānī inānibus
Vocative inānis ināne inānēs inānia

Derived termsEdit


  • inanis”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • inanis”, in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • inanis in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to lose one's labour: inanem laborem suscipere
    • (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
  1. ^ De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[1], Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN