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vacuous

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adjective vac·u·ous \ˈva-kyə-wəs\

Simple Definition of vacuous

  • : having or showing a lack of intelligence or serious thought : lacking meaning, importance, or substance

Full Definition of vacuous

  1. 1 :  emptied of or lacking content

  2. 2 :  marked by lack of ideas or intelligence :  stupid, inane <a vacuous mind> <a vacuous movie>

  3. 3 :  devoid of serious occupation :  idle

vac·u·ous·ly adverb
vac·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of vacuous

  1. a dull and vacuous movie

  2. He had a vacuous expression on his face.



Origin of vacuous

Latin vacuus


First Known Use: circa 1660

Synonym Discussion of vacuous

empty, vacant, blank, void, vacuous mean lacking contents which could or should be present. empty suggests a complete absence of contents <an empty bucket>. vacant suggests an absence of appropriate contents or occupants <a vacant apartment>. blank stresses the absence of any significant, relieving, or intelligible features on a surface <a blank wall>. void suggests absolute emptiness as far as the mind or senses can determine <a statement void of meaning>. vacuous suggests the emptiness of a vacuum and especially the lack of intelligence or significance <a vacuous facial expression>.


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