va·​cu·​i·​ty | \ va-ˈkyü-ə-tē How to pronounce vacuity (audio) , və-\
plural vacuities

Definition of vacuity

1 : an empty space
2 : the state, fact, or quality of being vacuous
3 : something (such as an idea) that is vacuous or inane

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Examples of vacuity in a Sentence

We tired of the vacuity of their conversation. the seemingly endless vacuity between settlements in the desert

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But the project’s musical vacuity is matched only by the curious obscenity of its existence. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Drake’s Troubling Reunion With Chris Brown," 30 July 2019 Is nature trying to send a message to the American people about the moral vacuity of this administration? Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Sinkhole/Possible Metaphor Appears Outside White House," 22 May 2018 Indeed, the very vacuity that Trump prizes also allows outsiders to project on her the role of being the reasonable moderating force in the administration. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "All the President’s Courtiers," 2 Apr. 2018 Dad’s vacuity is especially disappointing, by the way, because he’s played by Francis Guinan, a normally fearless actor who communicates all the complexity here of a man waiting for a bus. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "You Got Older doesn’t try for wiser," 13 Feb. 2018 Video projections of rippling Nile waters, dispossessed Ethiopians and baleful temple priests did little to relieve the antiseptic vacuity of the stage pictures. John Von Rhein,, "In Salzburg, Muti's return to 'Aida' was worth the wait," 22 Aug. 2017 These responses demonstrate that responding to the President and his moral vacuity is not a matter of resistance. Jonathan A. Greenblatt, Time, "ADL President: What the Lynching of Leo Frank Shows Us About Hate," 17 Aug. 2017 How did the party of Ronald Reagan's moral clarity morph into that of Donald Trump's moral vacuity? Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "The Lying Will Now Be Smoother and More Telegenic," 21 July 2017 A wedding is also a stunningly efficient way to contrast the rich inner life of the narrator with the soul-eating vacuity of those who throw themselves with abandon into the planning or the enjoyment of the Happy Day. Rosa Lyster, The Cut, "Why Weddings in Books Are Always Terrible," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of vacuity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vacuity

Middle English vacuitee, borrowed from Latin vacuitās, from vacuus "empty, unoccupied" + -itās -ity — more at vacuum entry 1

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The first known use of vacuity was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of vacuity

formal : the state of lacking any real meaning, importance, or intelligence

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