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Vanity

Vanity is the undue belief in one's own abilities or attractiveness to others. Earlier it did not have narcissistic undertones, and only meant futility. Vainglory is a synonym for vanity, but generally means unjustified boasting; although glory is now seen as having a positive meaning, and the Latin term gloria from which it derives, which means boasting was often used as a negative criticism. In the film The Devil's Advocate, Satan claims that "vanity is his favourite sin." Vanity may be a broader form of egotism and pride.

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote that "vanity is the fear of appearing original: it is thus a lack of pride, but not necessarily a lack of originality." Vanity is now considered a form of self-idolatry in which one likens oneself to the greatness of God, and thereby becomes separated from the Divine grace of God.

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, also known as Salt Bae, opened his 15th new restaurant branch in Park Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge, London. A bill from the restaurant has surfaced on the Internet. With 22 items listed on the bill, including steaks, baklavas, and wines (Petrus 2003 for £19900), the bill amounted to a stunning £37,023.10 (Rs 38 lakh). The total amount included a service charge of £5000 as well.