Definition of sanity in English:

sanity

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The ability to think and behave in a normal and rational manner; sound mental health:

    ‘I began to doubt my own sanity’
    • ‘Every week we sit and work hard, with music as our only comfort, maintaining our sanity as tempers flare.’
    • ‘Both begin to doubt their sanity and their ability to stay any closer then 100 miles away from each other.’
    • ‘The one thing that provided sanity to a whole generation growing up in the backdrop of racial tension was music.’
    • ‘She was diagnosed as suffering from bipolar disorder and spent eight years clawing her way back to sanity.’
    • ‘It seems a stretch that a trained group of military personnel lose all sanity after only 28 days.’
    • ‘Watching too much of this garbage can push you over the edge of sanity.’
    • ‘As a parent, you must, for sanity's sake, put the fear of your child being abducted out of your mind most of the time.’
    • ‘Olivia and Adam pray that she does not participate in it, fearing for her health and sanity.’
    • ‘On the outside, things were going well, but on the inside it was hard to maintain sanity and good personal relations.’
    • ‘What a capacity to maintain mental sanity in spite of pain and sadness.’
    • ‘I tried to assure her of my sanity and my health in all other aspects before continuing my little tale.’
    • ‘I would have doubted my own sanity at this point, if I were the doubting type.’
    • ‘Thankfully, we reached port with our innards if not our sanity intact.’
    • ‘Many jokes centred on the relative sanity of lawyers compared to doctors.’
    • ‘For our own sanity, if nothing else, we cannot really subscribe to such a misanthropic and nihilistic worldview.’
    • ‘It's for this that I look at my friendship with Mona as an island of sanity in an otherwise crazy world.’
    • ‘Up until the time he left, he felt that his sanity was compromised as the job had lost all meaning for him.’
    • ‘This waterfall is just the latest drop where people have questioned my sanity.’
    • ‘There are people in there who, by some miracle, have regained their sanity.’
    • ‘However, he does admit there were times he doubted his own sanity.’
    soundness of mind, mental health, mental faculties, balance, balance of mind, stability, reason, rationality, saneness, lucidity, lucidness, sense, senses, wits, normality, right-mindedness
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    1. 1.1 Reasonable and rational behaviour:
      ‘the next few years saw several appeals for sanity from top scientists’
      • ‘This would suggest that a degree of sanity and moderation may have come after the gruesome tragedy.’
      • ‘This heinous act of the murder of a little girl and the wounding of her peers go beyond the boundaries of reason and sanity.’
      • ‘The token bit of blandness, of sanity, of charm, of reason, of niceness, of pointlessness.’
      • ‘Perhaps it was because there was more hope of sanity prevailing in Nigeria than in Iran.’
      • ‘There is no safety or security for us unless there is worldwide social justice and ecological sanity.’
      • ‘To see that sanity can for once prevail over the country's foremost fresh foods market should please all.’
      • ‘Ultimately, slowly, some sanity was restored to what was going on.’
      • ‘Luckily sanity prevailed with the manager intervening and the test went on.’
      • ‘Remember, turnover is vanity, profit is sanity, but cash is reality.’
      • ‘So it is just fair that the wings of the councillors are clipped to usher sanity in the councils and for the sake of development.’
      • ‘Shaken by the horrors he saw there, he wrote this parable about the influence of political power in defining sanity.’
      • ‘The result is a matrix of sense without sense itself, mocking the devices of sanity.’
      • ‘The show is a chilling indictment of what happens when sanity is equated with conformity.’
      • ‘This initially pushed the price beyond the limits of sanity, and finally lead to the collapse of the deal.’
      • ‘We have to put ecological sanity and human rights at the top of our list of priorities.’
      • ‘Both countries need more and well-equipped troops to bring sanity in the two nations.’
      • ‘Is it recognizing the necessity of long-term fiscal sanity by keeping government spending from exceeding income?’
      • ‘Responses written on the boards are wide-ranging, however, most call for sanity and peace.’
      • ‘If I spend too much time at home, I miss the challenges and relative sanity of work.’
      sense, common sense, good sense, wisdom, prudence, judiciousness, practicality, reasonableness, rationality, soundness, sensibleness
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Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘health’): from Latin sanitas health, from sanus healthy. Current senses date from the early 17th century.

Pronunciation:

sanity

/ˈsanɪti/