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 One is that a raft of changes in the second half of a game interrupts its flow — as often happens amid the inconsequential vapidity of international exhibition games — and ruins its spectacle. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Stars in a Slog: The Premier League Grind Will Only Get Worse," 9 Nov. 2020 The vapidity of the first ARPANET message is a reminder of the fallacy of this kind of apolitical, monumental storytelling about technology’s harms and benefits. Ingrid Burrington, The New Republic, "How We Misremember the Internet’s Origins," 29 Oct. 2019 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

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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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“Vapidity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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