Vanity vs Complacency - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between vanity and complacency

is that vanity is that which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit while complacency is a feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble.

vanity

English

(wikipedia vanity)

Noun

(vanities)
  • That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value, use or profit.
  • *
  • Excessive pride in or admiration of one's own abilities, appearance or achievements.
  • A dressing table used to apply makeup, preen, and coif hair. The table is normally quite low and similar to a desk, with drawers and one or more mirrors atop. Either a chair or bench is used to sit upon.
  • Emptiness.
  • (obsolete) Any idea, theory or statement that is without foundation.
  • * It is a vanity to say that if two stones are dropped from a tower, the heavier will experience the greater acceleration.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • To help the matter, the alchemists call in many vanities out of astrology.

    Synonyms

    * conceit * egotism * narcissism * pride * See also

    Derived terms

    * vanity case

    complacency

    English

    Alternative forms

    * complacence

    Noun

    (complacencies)
  • A feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when unaware of upcoming trouble.
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  • There was something pathetic in his concentration as if his complacency , more acute than of old, was not enough to him any more. When, almost immediately, the telephone rang inside and the butler left the porch Daisy seized upon the momentary interruption and leaned toward me.
  • * Addison
  • Others proclaim the infirmities of a great man with satisfaction and complacency , if they discover none of the like in themselves.
  • An instance of self-satisfaction.