- without contents; empty: the vacuous air.
- lacking in ideas or intelligence: a vacuous mind.
- expressing or characterized by a lack of ideas or intelligence; inane; stupid: a vacuous book.
- purposeless; idle: a vacuous way of life.
Origin of vacuous
1645–55; < Latin vacuus empty; see -ous
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Examples from the Web for vacuousness
He hated TV for chasing fads and its vacuousness, but also because it paid him too little, notes Itzkoff dryly.Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News
February 16, 2014
Then he looked up at Victoria with something like vacuousness.A Bed of Roses
W. L. George
- containing nothing; empty
- bereft of ideas or intelligence; mindless
- characterized by or resulting from vacancy of minda vacuous gaze
- indulging in no useful mental or physical activity; idle
- logic maths (of an operator or expression) having no import; idle: in (x) (John is tall) the quantifier (x) is vacuous
C17: from Latin vacuus empty, from vacāre to be empty
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Word Origin and History for vacuousness
1640s, "empty," from Latin vacuus "empty, void, free" (see vacuum). Figurative sense of "empty of ideas" is from 1848. Related: Vacuously; vacuousness.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper