There was an emptiness to the collection because it lacked any urgent message, moving emotion or passionate belief.
But until Sunday, his foreign policy had lacked “Jacksonian” appeal.
According to Voth, Hurley told the agents they lacked proof that he hadn't bought the gun for himself.
Oceania had to be at war with someone otherwise they would begin to see what the world around them lacked.
She is still young, got nervous and lacked a certain gravitas crucial of a solid witness.
She loved young folks, and yet lacked the faculty of attracting them.
What the minister lacked, Cornelia had; Cornelia lacked nothing.
The Duke, though a great general, lacked knowledge of England.
There was a theory that he wanted Mary, and lacked the courage to ask her.
She lacked the special training which alone could make any sort of self-respecting life possible.
c.1300, "absence, want; shortage, deficiency," perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *lac, or else borrowed from Middle Dutch lak "deficiency, fault;" in either case from Proto-Germanic *laka- (cf. Old Frisian lek "disadvantage, damage," Old Norse lakr "lacking"), from PIE *leg- "to dribble, trickle." Middle English also had lackless "without blame or fault."
late 12c., perhaps from Middle Dutch laken "to be wanting," from lak (n.) "deficiency, fault," or an unrecorded native cognate word (see lack (n.)). Related: Lacked; lacking.