va·​pid·​i·​ty | \ va-ˈpi-də-tē How to pronounce vapidity (audio) , vā-, və-\
plural vapidities

Definition of vapidity

1 : the quality or state of being vapid
2 : something vapid

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Over-reading the body is a problem for gay men, too: The phenotype of twinkdom is often, recklessly and unfairly, linked with femininity, vapidity, and submissiveness. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What 'The Age of the Twink' Actually Means," 15 May 2018 Viral dances tend to be associated with frivolity and vapidity, despite the fact that dancing has always been a communicative art of great cultural significance that spreads joy through movement. Aida Amoako, The Atlantic, "Why the Dancing Makes 'This Is America' So Uncomfortable to Watch," 8 May 2018 Of the comments, one was a link to a story on Ingraham’s apology, two were memes about the awkwardness and vapidity of the debate and one said advertisers would never leave the show, though that comment came after several had already left. Dan Sweeney,, "Laura Ingraham apologizes, David Hogg says no thanks, and readers split on efficacy of advertiser boycotts," 29 Mar. 2018 Then, of course, they bank on the Democrat-friendly media to shift the narrative from the vapidity of the Schiff memo’s contentions to the suggestion that Republicans must have something to hide. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "The Dumb Controversy over the Schiff Memo," 12 Feb. 2018 The movie often seems on the verge of being interesting but repeatedly retreats into a formless vapidity. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "In ‘Polina,’ a ballerina pursues contemporary," 1 Sep. 2017 The show itself is a mess, proving that the formula that made The Hills work was the particular and odd charisma of its leads, who managed to turn vapidity into something soulful. Daniel D’addario, Time, "MTV's Siesta Key Is a Social-Media Soap That Fails at Being Either," 1 Aug. 2017 Much of what Dreher writes about resonates with me, from his dislocation, his restlessness, and his yearning to belong to his critique of both right-wing and left-wing Christianity, with their vapidities and identity politics. Maria Konnikova, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 15 May 2017 Today, cracks about Golden State dysfunction would be as dated as Woody Allen’s quips from Annie Hall about the cultural vapidity of Los Angeles. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "California v. Trump: The Fight Begins for Health Care, Immigration and the Future of America," 23 Jan. 2017

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First Known Use of vapidity

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for vapidity

vapid + -ity

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