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vacuity

[va-kyoo-i-tee, vuh-] /væˈkyu ɪ ti, və-/
noun, plural vacuities.
1.
the state of being vacuous or without contents; vacancy; emptiness:
the vacuity of the open sea.
2.
absence of thought or intelligence; inanity; blankness:
a mind of undeniable vacuity.
3.
a time or state of dullness, lacking in mental or physical action or productivity:
the vacuity of modern existence.
4.
an empty space; void:
a vacuity in the earth formed by erosion.
5.
absence or lack of something specified:
a vacuity of feeling.
6.
something inane, senseless, or stupid:
conversation full of vacuities.
7.
a vacuum.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; < Latin vacuitās. See vacuous, -ity
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  • Picture such an abyss of utter vacuity spurring off through an ordinary house.
  • The utter hypocrisy of deriding armed conflict is yet another example of his mental vacuity.
  • It's a silly standard that says more about the vacuity of your own position than mine.
  • But my guess is that it is equally the intellectual vacuity of the program that bothers so many of us.
  • On the contrary, airs of vacuity and incompetence are deliberately affected.
British Dictionary definitions for vacuity

vacuity

/væˈkjuːɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being vacuous; emptiness
2.
an empty space or void; vacuum
3.
a lack or absence of something specified: a vacuity of wind
4.
lack of normal intelligence or awareness; vacancy: his stare gave an impression of complete vacuity
5.
something, such as a statement, saying, etc, that is inane or pointless
6.
(in customs terminology) the difference in volume between the actual contents of a container and its full capacity
Word Origin
C16: from Latin vacuitās empty space, from vacuus empty
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Word Origin and History for vacuity
n.

late 14c., "hollow space," from Latin vacuitas "empty space, vacancy, freedom," from vacuus "empty" (see vacuum). Originally in anatomy. Meaning "vacancy of mind or thought" is attested from 1590s.

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