Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Total absence of matter; emptiness.
  • n. An empty space; a vacuum.
  • n. Total lack of ideas; emptiness of mind.
  • n. Absence of meaningful occupation; idleness: "the crew, being patient people, much given to slumber and vacuity” ( Washington Irving).
  • n. The quality or fact of being devoid of something specified: a vacuity of taste; a vacuity of emotions.
  • n. Something, especially a remark, that is pointless or inane: a conversation full of vacuities.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Emptiness.
  • n. Physical emptiness, an absence of matter; vacuum.
  • n. Idleness.
  • n. An empty or inane remark or thing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being vacuous, or not filled; emptiness; vacancy.
  • n. Space unfilled or unoccupied, or occupied with an invisible fluid only; emptiness; void; vacuum.
  • n. Want of reality; inanity; nihility.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being vacuous, empty, or unfilled; emptiness; vacancy; the state of being devoid or destitute of anything.
  • n. Space unfilled or unoccupied, or apparently unoccupied; a vacant space; also, a vacuum.
  • n. Want of reality; inanity; nihility.
  • n. Freedom from mental exertion; thoughtlessness; listlessness; idleness.
  • n. Lack of intelligence; stupidity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the absence of matter
  • n. total lack of meaning or ideas
  • n. a region that is devoid of matter

Etymologies

Middle English vacuite, from Old French, from Latin vacuitās, from vacuus, empty; see vacuum.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vacuitas. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The operation of budding requires a good deal of nicety: first, to avoid wounding the wood of the stock in slitting the bark; and, secondly, to make the bark of the scion fit quite closely to the wood of the stock, as, if the least vacuity is left between them, the bud will wither instead of beginning to grow.

    The Lady's Country Companion: or, How to Enjoy a Country Life Rationally

  • The length should be that of the bandaging; the breadth, three or four fingers; thickness, three or fourfold; number so as to encircle the limb, neither more nor less; those applied for the purpose of rectifying a deformity, should be of such a length as to encircle it; the breadth and thickness being determined by the vacuity, which is not to be filled up at once.

    On The Surgery

  • It is in fact a negation, which must prësuppose a matter once in being and possible to be denied; it is an abstraction, which cannot happen unless there be somewhat to be taken away; the idea of vacuity must be posterior to that of fullness; the idea of no tree is incompetent to be conceived without the previous idea of _a_ tree; the idea of nonentity suggests, _ex vi termini_, a pre-existent entity; the idea of Nothing, of necessity, prësupposes Something.

    The Complete Prose Works of Martin Farquhar Tupper

  • It was a kind of vacuity, in which he wished for nothing and took no interest in anything, but only staggered along mechanically at the back of the bar.

    Pelle the Conqueror — Volume 01

  • I suspect Kagan will tell any senator who asks that her comments 15 years ago were written in an academic vein, from the perspective of a curious legal scholar frustrated at having to endure the "vacuity" of confirmation hearings following the meltdown over the Supreme Court nomination of Robert Bork in 1986.

    Politics Daily

  • Will she be true to her 1995 self and candidly cut through the "vacuity" that rains down at these hearings?

    Politics Daily

  • Whatever the balance between denominational separatism and ecumenical togetherness, between theological rigor and theological vacuity, America was clearly a very religious place in the 1950s.

    American Grace

  • The utter vacuity of this pompous pretence of philosophy leaves us breathless.

    Archive 2009-08-01

  • I don't expect you to print this but maybe you will think about the vacuity of your "reporting."

    Poll of Polls: President's approval ratings slip

  • Ask yourself this could you look at George Osborne's face filled with its smarmy arrogance and utter vacuity and not be filled with rage?

    My hero: the BBC World Service by Jeremy Paxman

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  • Vacuity: va-kyoo-i-tee, vuh-
    noun, plural -ties.
    1. The state of being George W Bush
    2. George W Bush

    November 29, 2011

  • Desolate, Kelly Clarkson would mire in the vacuity of life

    April 18, 2009