vacuity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n vacuity total lack of meaning or ideas
    • n vacuity a region that is devoid of matter
    • n vacuity the absence of matter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vacuity Space unfilled or unoccupied, or occupied with an invisible fluid only; emptiness; void; vacuum. "A vacuity is interspersed among the particles of matter.""God . . . alone can answer all our longings and fill every vacuity of our soul."
    • Vacuity The quality or state of being vacuous, or not filled; emptiness; vacancy; as, vacuity of mind; vacuity of countenance. "Hunger is such a state of vacuity as to require a fresh supply of aliment."
    • Vacuity Want of reality; inanity; nihility. "Their expectations will meet with vacuity ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vacuity The state of being vacuous, empty, or unfilled; emptiness; vacancy; the state of being devoid or destitute of anything.
    • n vacuity Space unfilled or unoccupied, or apparently unoccupied; a vacant space; also, a vacuum.
    • n vacuity Want of reality; inanity; nihility.
    • n vacuity Freedom from mental exertion; thoughtlessness; listlessness; idleness.
    • n vacuity Lack of intelligence; stupidity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Vacuity emptiness: space unoccupied: idleness, listlessness
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Quotations

  • Malcolm Muggeridge
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    “Television was not invented to make human beings vacuous, but is an emanation of their vacuity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vacuitas,. See Vacuous
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vacuus, empty.

Usage

In literature:

Akulina's face expressed a blank amazement almost comical in its vacuity.
"A Cigarette-Maker's Romance" by F. Marion Crawford
Balzac has to make a long impression of vacuity; Eugenie Grandet contains a decidedly tough subject.
"The Craft of Fiction" by Percy Lubbock
The rest of the world already knows his vacuity, his utter uselessness, his criminal decadence.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
They seek to be colossal and achieve vacuity chiefly.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
If left without occupation, the vacuity is quickly filled with unchaste thoughts.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
Its cheerful vacuity had changed to stony contempt.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
His silence was always eloquent, and in it was neither stupidity nor vacuity.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
No corner of any place can be empty; there can be no vacuity.
"Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions" by John Donne
Their minds were in a state of vacuity.
"The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago" by John S. C. Abbott
The gossip germ is born of ignorance and vacuity and breeds best in idle minds.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
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In poetry:

And I then: "Some one frames upon the keys
That exquisite nocturne, with which we explain
The night and moonshine; music which we seize
To body forth our vacuity."
She then: "Does this refer to me?"
"Oh no, it is I who am inane."
"Conversation Galante" by T S Eliot

In news:

Kelly is a flighty chatterbox, all high-pitched bubblegum vacuity.
Policy, Character, and Vacuity .
' Vacuity and Farce,' the Sequel.
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In science:

Gore‘s ―remarkable vacuity‖ can be seen between NGC7000 (the North American Nebula) and IC 1396.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
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