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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.
Rex put two-and-two together,' his close associate says, 'and concluded that this absolutely vacuous kid was running a second foreign policy out of the White House family quarters.
But the moment evaporated, destroyed by Chancellor Fritz von Papen’s vacuous incompetence and Hitler’s relentless pursuit of power.
With their seemingly old-fashioned artificiality, his works grew dogged by a reputation for unbearable length and vacuous spectacle.
What a country — where even the vacuous have a voice.
Why are the lives and opinions of vacuous celebrities leading our news?
The top 100 list says a whole lot about how vacuous Twitter has become.
But this would change as the result of a mindless search for issues during the otherwise vacuous 1996 U.S. presidential election campaign.
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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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