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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
What is demonstrated by these responses — and the silence from other council members — is corporate America’s devotion to totally vacuous gestures.
By failing to attend to any of these distinctions, Zuckerberg’s new communitarian language is as vacuous as his old talk of connectivity.
Rob Riordan, stuck with playing the most vacuous role of all (that is of course David, originated by Brian Austin Green), achieves the difficult task of making all that emptiness somehow charming.
And from vacuous Sidney Poitier movies and the promises after riots.
But that’s what makes Stephens’ argument—that uncertainty about climate science is grounds to do less about climate change—vacuous.
But the vacuous smile this throwback musical leaves with you is hardly a crime.
But there’s a very real cost to the vacuous doom-and-gloom, which may delay or even destroy substantial social benefits now due on our long-term investments in disruption.
This, not parsing the body language of world leaders at a vacuous meet-and-greet, is what the press should be covering.
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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.
Synonymsbare, blank, clean, devoid, stark, toom [chiefly Scottish], vacant, empty, void
Related Wordsbarren, hollow; available, clear, free, open; unfilled, unfurnished; unattended, uninhabited, unoccupied; abandoned, deserted, emptied, forsaken, vacated; depleted, drained, dry, exhausted
Near Antonymscomplete; replete; furnished, provided, supplied; filled, occupied; flush, overflowing, packed, teeming
Synonym Discussion of vacuous
- an empty bucket
- a vacant apartment
- a blank wall
- a statement void of meaning
- a vacuous facial expression
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