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Examples of vapid in a Sentence
- Waiting rooms, as I'm sure you know, are small rooms with plenty of chairs for waiting, as well as piles of old, dull magazines to read and some vapid paintings … while you endure the boredom that doctors and dentists inflict on their patients before bringing them in to poke them and prod them and do all the miserable things that such people are paid to do. —Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator, 2001
- In a secular age, symbolic rituals such as lighting the Olympic torch inevitably risk seeming a little vapid. —Tony Perrottet, Civilization, June/July 2000
- … the incompetent servant, by whomsoever employed, is always against his employer. Even those born governors, noble and right honourable creatures, who have been the most imbecile in high places, have uniformly shown themselves the most opposed (sometimes in belying distrust, sometimes in vapid insolence) to THEIR employer. What is in such wise true of the public master and servant, is equally true of the private master and servant all the world over. —Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, 1865
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Recent Examples of vapid from the Web
Most of them were vapid, dilute and/or oxidized due to poor winemaking techniques.
But Sarah Marshall arrived on the heels of hit raunch comedies Knocked Up and Wedding Crashers, whose portrayals of women as either humorless or vapid don't hold up.
Debbie’s plan is to steal a $150 million diamond necklace from a vapid celeb, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway), at the Met Gala.
Milo Yiannapoulos's career was launched and extended merely on his ability to trigger libs with outrageous and vapid pronouncements.
But Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 isn’t just aiming at clearly vapid forms of media.
But the film doesn't have much to say after pointing out that the Internet is vapid and full of hatred.
The testimony of special agent Aaron Keighley illustrates exactly how vapid the FBI's reasons were for arresting Balogun in the first place.
Denizens of the tech landscape are realizing there’s a depressing amount of truth in their embarrassing portrayal on Silicon Valley as soulless, vapid, greedy, socially awkward opportunists.
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Did You Know?
Then away goes the brisk and pleasant Spirits and leave a vapid or sour Drink. So wrote John Mortimer, an early 18th-century expert on agriculture, orchards, and cider-making, in his book on husbandry. His use was typical for his day, when vapid was often used specifically in reference to liquor. The term, which entered English in the 17th century, comes from vapidus, a Latin word that means "flat-tasting" and may be related to vapor. These days, you're likely to hear people referring to wine as vapid. You're likely to hear the word in plenty of other situations, too. Vapid, along with the synonyms insipid, flat, and inane, is often used to describe people and things that lack spirit and character.
Origin and Etymology of vapid
Synonym Discussion of vapid
- an insipid romance with platitudes on every page
- an exciting story given a vapid treatment
- although well-regarded in its day, the novel now seems flat
- a jejune and gassy speech
- a banal tale of unrequited love
- an inane interpretation of the play
VAPID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vapid for English Language Learners
: not lively or interesting : dull or boring
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