- the state of being vacuous or without contents; vacancy; emptiness: the vacuity of the open sea.
- absence of thought or intelligence; inanity; blankness: a mind of undeniable vacuity.
- a time or state of dullness, lacking in mental or physical action or productivity: the vacuity of modern existence.
- an empty space; void: a vacuity in the earth formed by erosion.
- absence or lack of something specified: a vacuity of feeling.
- something inane, senseless, or stupid: conversation full of vacuities.
- a vacuum.
Origin of vacuity
Examples from the Web for vacuity
The vacuity and the superfluity are thus partially compensated by each other.Cratylus
"Or the vacuity of the unlucky, possibly," said Tom, with an easy laugh.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
Dust on the water, cries on the water, then vacuity and silence.Appearances
Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
Did it not all spring from the barrenness and vacuity of rural life?A Spoil of Office
She beats the taeds that live in stanes,An' fatten in vacuity!The Book of Humorous Verse
- the state or quality of being vacuous; emptiness
- an empty space or void; vacuum
- a lack or absence of something specifieda vacuity of wind
- lack of normal intelligence or awareness; vacancyhis stare gave an impression of complete vacuity
- something, such as a statement, saying, etc, that is inane or pointless
- (in customs terminology) the difference in volume between the actual contents of a container and its full capacity
Word Origin and History for vacuity
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.