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
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "How America Got Comfortable With Comfort TV," 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, "Hell, Yes," 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, "Britain Finds its Way (Helped by the Queen)," 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,, "Commentary: How I uncovered a dozen new Lou Reed songs," 2 Nov. 2019 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

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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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“Vacuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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