Adjective "vacuous" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless.
  1. 'vacuous slogans'
  2. 'We should argue about how things are, not seek to win arguments with vacuous comparisons designed to evoke revulsion without thought.'
  3. 'If only the museum had been given a fraction of the budget wasted on silly stunts and vacuous indulgences of the Capital of Culture bid, its future would be assured.'
  4. 'This piece struck me as one of the most vacuous and shallow pieces of writing I've seen in a very long time.'
  5. 'She's perfected that smiling art of PR deflection, of projecting a sweetly vacuous wholesomeness.'
  6. 'Ultimately, it's a completely empty, vacuous product, carefully crafted to make lots and lots of money.'
  7. 'Belief and unbelief, so important to the intellectual posturing of modern existence, are innocuous, vacuous terms.'
  8. 'You'll see their vacuous smiles, but their sad eyes will betray how hollow and unhappy they really are.'
  9. 'For many, the book was a microcosm of the vacuous 1980s, a period in American history when youngsters stood for nothing and believed in nothing.'
  10. 'He attempts to revisit the concept of intelligence but comes to the vacuous conclusion that it can't be defined.'
  11. 'The story may seem vacuous because of its clear lack of progression, but then, maybe that's the point of it.'
  1. 'On the second floor, I stepped into a vacuous, empty office space.'


1. without contents; empty: the vacuous air.

2. lacking in ideas or intelligence: a vacuous mind.

3. expressing or characterized by a lack of ideas or intelligence; inane; stupid: a vacuous book.

4. purposeless; idle: a vacuous way of life.

More examples(as adjective)

"languages can be vacuous to somes."

"terms can be vacuous."

"rattlings can be vacuous."

"people can be vacuous."

"looks can be vacuous."

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Mid 17th century (in the sense ‘empty of matter’): from Latin vacuus ‘empty’ + -ous.