va·​pid·​i·​ty va-ˈpi-də-tē How to pronounce vapidity (audio)
plural vapidities
: the quality or state of being vapid
: something vapid

Examples of vapidity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web What is 'The Fall Guy' based on? Colt Severs (Gosling) is the stunt double for Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), a movie star whose fame is matched only by his arrogance and vapidity. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 1 May 2024 None of his editors or longtime publishers appears to have thought of protecting him or acknowledging the manuscript’s vapidity. Michael Greenberg, New York Times, 10 Mar. 2024 Fans willing to overlook the obvious vapidity of director Rob Reiner, a hostile Democrat-progressive zealot, prove that some conservatives are bamboozled by liberalism’s kindly pretense. Armond White, National Review, 21 Feb. 2024 After all, its themes, centered on the emptiness of power — and the vapidity of those who seek to be close to it — are timeless, especially in this city. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 10 Nov. 2023 The satirist Jonathan Swift, for example, took aim at the vapidity of upper-class banter in his 1738 treatise A Complete Collection of Genteel and Ingenious Conversation. Charlie Tyson, The Atlantic, 20 July 2023 Margot Robbie is great as an increasingly multidimensional Barbie, just as good at playing plastic vapidity as burgeoning intelligence and self-awareness. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 18 July 2023 Attending the bipartisan organization’s first New Hampshire 'town hall' revealed its essential vapidity. Andrew Cline, National Review, 18 July 2023 For many others, the Kardashians have come to represent late capitalist greed, influencer vapidity, and cultural appropriation. Mj Corey,, 6 May 2022

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Word History


vapid + -ity

First Known Use

circa 1721, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of vapidity was circa 1721

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“Vapidity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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