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Encyclopedia > Vain

Vanity is similar to pride, but it involves an excessive admiration of oneself because of one's real or imaginary skills, talents, accomplishments, or appearance. Pride in physical appearance can border on narcissism. In Western art, the sin of vanity is symbolized by a mirror, or by animals such as the cock or peacock. As one of the seven deadly sins, the vain person's excessive belief in his or her abilities interfers with his or her recognition of the grace of God.


See also: vanitas, Vanity Fair.


A vanity is a dressing table used to apply makeup, preen and coif hair. It normally is a low table simlar to a desk with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.


However, a vanity mirror is not generally the mirror from a vanity, but a portable or convenient small mirror, such as that sometimes found on the rear of a car's passenger side sun screen.


If a person writes a book, but is unable to find a publisher, they have the option of paying a vanity press to make the book for them. The implication is that only the person's vanity justifies the book's publication, since if it were worthwhile, someone would be willing to pay the author.


Vanity is also the stage name of singer/actress Denise Matthews.


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If he was only vain it would be boring, but there's a lot more to him.
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