va·​cu·​i·​ty va-ˈkyü-ə-tē How to pronounce vacuity (audio)
plural vacuities
: an empty space
: the state, fact, or quality of being vacuous
: something (such as an idea) that is vacuous or inane

Example Sentences

We tired of the vacuity of their conversation. the seemingly endless vacuity between settlements in the desert
Recent Examples on the Web For decades, the industry and the media have mistaken Anderson’s introverted nature for vacuity. Tatiana Siegel, Variety, 26 Jan. 2023 Instead of interrogating Indian officials on their Ukraine policy, or providing space for in-depth discussion of what India should do, Indian outlets echo the vacuity of Foreign Ministry pronouncements. Anjani Jain, Fortune, 23 Mar. 2022 Kaokept, who charms as the Balladeer, recedes into sympathetic vacuity when playing Oswald. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 Meanwhile, traffic still roars over the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, and visitors must still cross the dispiriting vacuity of Virginia Avenue to get to the center. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021 That’s how the familiar old criticisms of TV—its vacuity, its low stakes, its familiar formulas—can work, now, as terms of critical praise. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 27 Dec. 2020 The country is called to choose between a very effective executive whose behavioral foibles are sometimes outlandish and the dual personification of weakness and vacuity. Conrad Black, National Review, 28 Oct. 2020 First, after years of appalling ineptitude and moral vacuity under Corbyn’s catastrophic leadership, Britain’s opposition will be led by a credible alternative prime minister whose competence, professionalism, and patriotism are unquestioned. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2020 The lyrics hint at Warhol's aura of vacuity and his callousness toward the deaths of regulars at the Factory - Warhol's studio - such as Candy Darling and Eric Emerson. Judith A. Peraino,, 2 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Vacuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


plural vacuities
: an empty space
: the quality or state of being vacuous
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