Vacuous is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of vacuous, followed by 35 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - devoid of intelligence
EXAMPLES - Vacuous in a Sentence
- Scotland's bid to lead on CCS 'vacuous' say Greens (source)
- The vacuous Liberal combine trundles us on into oblivion. (source)
- MikeGene: Scientifically vacuous is not the same as invalid. (source)
- He said the draft report had been edited to a "vacuous" version. (source)
- It bounced toward its victim, its expression vacuous and innocent. (source)
- If a poll could be called a vacuous waste of effort this would be it. (source)
- Talk of the towns: Relatively speaking, is Sydney 'vacuous' and Melbourne (source)
- Zel, I think "vacuous" was the word association I made when I read "vapid." (source)
- Go look into a mirror, Pookie, and gaze upon the poster image for "vacuous". (source)
- The term vacuous doesn't even begin to describe the space betwen Palin's ears. (source)
- Furthermore, labeling your argument vacuous is a condemnation of your argument, not of you. (source)
- fashion world as "vacuous," Bruno ventures off to Los Angeles where he attempts to become an A-list (source)
- Mapisa-Nqakula's "vacuous" handling of the escalating humanitarian crisis resulting from xenophobia. (source)
- When possible I try to avoid the royalties due PvM so I tend away from the word "vacuous" altogether. (source)
- "vacuous" when viewed alone yet cranks them up to "repugnant" when viewed in the same frame as the BNP. (source)
- "vacuous" and slammed Gavin's moves - saying that his "floorboards at home have more movement than that." (source)
- You wouldn't buy something because a hispter bought it too? seems kind of vacuous:), -5 / +1That ad sucked. (source)
- The 23-year-old is currently planning a trip to Afghanistan in the hope of bringing some fulfilment to her "vacuous" life. (source)
- But I think the big change has been that we went from ether and a kind of vacuous general attitudinal campaign to specifics. (source)
- But Patrick Mercer, the Tory chairman of the Commons Counter Terrorism Sub Committee, described the governments warnings as "vacuous". (source)
- Suppose you get away with this kind of vacuous glib "very well put" stuff and do win the Presidency (after all George Bush did, twice). (source)
- It's bad news because this kind of vacuous secularism has created, over the past three generations in Europe, an enormous demographic problem. (source)
- How very convenient that it dismisses Choudary's ideas as "vacuous" thus saving itself the trouble of having to address them and their implications. (source)
- A real director would have indulged Ferrell's impulses, then deleted them from the finished film, rather than slowing its pace with vacuous moments of unfunny improv. (source)
- Internet famous (a la Julia Allison, an online [- only] variation of what I might call vacuous celebutantism - being famous for being famous - perhaps best represented by (source)
- Edison finally decided to apply a preliminary metallic coating of infinitesimal thinness, and accomplished this object by a remarkable process known as the vacuous deposit. (source)
- The United States Constitution, as the "supreme law of the land," is either supreme, all encompassing, or it is vacuous, meaningless, and without legitimate moment for anyone. (source)
- As for my "vacuous" "Band of Brothers" remark, I was referencing the World War II miniseries that Speilberg and Tom Hanks produced not Kenneth Branaghs "Henry V - Band of Brothers". (source)
- Iran's nuclear communications have been limited to working through the European Union (led by France and Germany, countries John McCain has referred to as "vacuous" and "posturing"). (source)
- 'The Fear' singer worries her pop star life is "vacuous" and has decided to visit the war-torn country to do some charity work and see how her donations have helped children in the region. (source)
- Having said that, is it the wisest use of Milord Ashcroft's loot to plaster the nation with narcissistidc larger-than-life posters of Dave's soft-as-butter features along with vacuous slogans about 'change'? (source)
- On Friday, John Wick, the ex-SAS officer who brokered the deal for the MPs 'expenses files between the Telegraph and the mole, described the MoD denial that soldiers were working on the project to buy kit as "vacuous". (source)
- Never will you embark on a more heartbreaking venture in this life than when you endeavour to find a teacher, any teacher, especially in a British primary school, intelligent enough to see this philosophy for the vacuous anti-intellectual twaddle that it is. (source)
- Every so often a hint is dropped that Tony is disappointed with Gordon's performance, or had predicted it; or he is seen deep in conspiratorial conversation with David Miliband; or some ancient memo is leaked in which Tony is revealed to have described Gordon as "vacuous". (source)
- The death of the roots of our own civilizational achievement can't be good for us, especially if some of those problems we see -- this kind of vacuous secularism and high culture, an inability to think beyond my own immediate pleasures -- if that takes hold in our own country, then we're going to be in the same sort of trouble 50, 70, 100 years down, that Europe is in today. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 35 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "vacuous" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 20 synonyms for vacuous.
airheaded, birdbrained, blank, drained, dull, dumb, emptied, foolish, half-baked, inane, lamebrained, minus, shallow, silly, stupid, superficial, uncomprehending, unreasoning, vacant, void
We have 4 antonyms for vacuous.
aware, filled, full, intelligent
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of vacuous from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Devoid of matter; empty.
- (adjective) Lacking intelligence; stupid.
- (adjective) Devoid of substance or meaning; inane: a vacuous comment.
- (adjective) Devoid of expression; vacant: "The narrow, swinelike eyes were open, no more vacuous in death than they had been in life” ( Nicholas Proffitt).
- (adjective) Lacking serious purpose or occupation; idle. See Synonyms at empty.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Lacking meaningful content.
- (adjective) Showing a lack of thought or intelligence; vacant
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Empty; unfilled; void; vacant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Empty; unfilled; void; vacant.
- (None) Without intelligence or intelligent expression; unexpressive; showing no intelligence: as, a vacuous look.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) devoid of intelligence
- (adjective) devoid of matter
- (adjective) devoid of significance or point
- (adjective) void of expression