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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
Both sell a vacuous simulacrum of a lifestyle that does not match up with reality.
But the words nasty, vacuous and damaging to democracy come to mind.
The 50th anniversary of King’s death offers an occasion for a deeper consideration of his words, indeed as one way to stymie such vacuous appropriations of his ideas.
The Sky Is Yours is also a very funny book, mostly due to the character Duncan Ripple IV, a vacuous YouTube star who’s the sole heir to a Trump-style family business.
This will make for scrumptious spectacle, but spectacle is a vacuous substitute for policy.
God help me and my vacuous life, but the NFL remains the best reality TV going, and that won’t change overnight.
But if the firefighters’ new messaging strategy veers toward the vacuous, the underlying agenda is dead serious.
And exactly one minute later, from former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter: .@realDonaldTrump has made the most meandering, vacuous, factless, pandering & divisive speech ever, which exploited some of the people who were recognized.
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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.
brain-dead, brainless, dense, doltish, dopey (also dopy), dorky [slang], dull, dumb, fatuous, half-witted, mindless, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinheaded, senseless, simple, slow, stupid, thick, thickheaded, unintelligent, weak-minded, witless;
Synonym Discussion of vacuous
- an empty bucket
- a vacant apartment
- a blank wall
- a statement void of meaning
- a vacuous facial expression
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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