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A vanitas painting by Harmen Steenwijck

EtymologyEdit

From Latin vanitas

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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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EtymologyEdit

vānus +‎ -tās.

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NounEdit

vānitās f (genitive vānitātis); third declension

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

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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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