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

Examples of vapidity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For many others, the Kardashians have come to represent late capitalist greed, influencer vapidity and cultural appropriation. Mj Corey,, 9 May 2022 Barrett displayed a vapidity meant to further comment on the Court’s out-of-touch stance. Amanda Wicks, The Atlantic, 8 May 2022 The part of Tom Grunick seemed a descendant of affable buffoon Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, but James L. Brooks’ nuanced writing and Hurt’s performance gave surprising depths to his vapidity. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2022 His hot takes on contemporary culture — the vapidity of social media, the low-grade despair and myopia of midlife ennui — often feel like soft targets, though at least a few jabs are sharp enough to land. Leah Greenblatt,, 21 Jan. 2022 Roman is purely a play-actor, vaguely echoing his brother’s words without co-signing them, which is an indicator both of his own vapidity and his sense of self-preservation. Scott Tobias, Vulture, 20 Dec. 2021 His previous film, Richard Jewell, came close, with its downbeat, melancholic reflection on the vapidity of police authority. John Semley, The New Republic, 23 Sep. 2021 Though the vapidity of our anti-beef crusaders may be unusual, debates over meat consumption have actually been present for most of history. Grant Addison, Washington Examiner, 29 Apr. 2021 How to square its humor, idiosyncrasy, and spigot of diverting trivia with its toxicity, vapidity, and posturing? Gemma Sieff, Harper's Magazine, 27 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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24 May 2022

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“Vapidity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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