[va-kyoo-i-tee, vuh-]

noun, plural va·cu·i·ties.

Origin of vacuity

From the Latin word vacuitās, dating back to 1535–45. See vacuous, -ity Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vacuity

Historical Examples of vacuity

  • The vacuity and the superfluity are thus partially compensated by each other.

  • "Or the vacuity of the unlucky, possibly," said Tom, with an easy laugh.

  • Dust on the water, cries on the water, then vacuity and silence.


    Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson

  • Did it not all spring from the barrenness and vacuity of rural life?

    A Spoil of Office

    Hamlin Garland

  • She beats the taeds that live in stanes,An' fatten in vacuity!

British Dictionary definitions for vacuity


noun plural -ties

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 for vacuity

C16: from Latin vacuitās empty space, from vacuus empty
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper