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Examples of vacuous in a Sentence
a dull and vacuous movie
He had a vacuous expression on his face.
Recent Examples of vacuous from the Web
But this would change as the result of a mindless search for issues during the otherwise vacuous 1996 U.S. presidential election campaign.
By contrast, grievers hear so many vacuous phrases that a little straight talk can often be a welcome relief.
In an upcoming episode, Pied Piper’s sales department commissions a pompous, vacuous ad.
And so this expressive and synthetic art has become in their hands a vacuous stylistic exercise, a jumble of ill-mixed formulae to disguise a run-of-the-mill traditionalist box of bricks and stone as a modern building.
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Did You Know?
As you might have guessed, "vacuous" shares the same root as "vacuum"-the Latin adjective vacuus, meaning "empty." This root also gave us the noun "vacuity" (the oldest meaning of which is "an empty space") as well as the verb "evacuate" (originally meaning "to empty of contents"). Its predecessor, the verb "vacare," is also an ancestor of the words "vacation" and "vacancy" as well as "void." All of these words suggest an emptiness of space, or else a fleeing of people or things from one place to another. "Vacuous" appeared in English in the middle of the 17th century, at first literally describing something that was empty. It acquired its figurative usage, describing one who is lacking any substance of the mind, in the mid-1800s.
Synonym Discussion of vacuous
VACUOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vacuous for English Language Learners
: having or showing a lack of intelligence or serious thought : lacking meaning, importance, or substance
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