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  • adv. In a vacuous manner, lacking thought.

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  • adv. in a vacuous manner


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vacuous +‎ -ly


  • Despite that he knew what he was to see, when he did turn his head and beheld his wife and Sonny, the pair he had seen thieving in the dark, he went suddenly dizzy, and paused, supporting himself with a hand against a pillar, and smiling vacuously at the grouped singing boys who were pulsing the sensuous night into richer sensuousness with their honi kaua wiki-wiki refrain.


  • She said that was one of her favorite movies while they stared vacuously into the computer screen.

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  • You mean you can dispose of God that easily and vacuously?

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  • Hilditch, meanwhile, doesn't help himself with vacuously positive public pronouncements that often seem to fly in the place of the very plain evidence of decline on the pitch.

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  • It is vacuously true that we cannot know exactly how many have died.

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  • Rose, sitting nearby, smiles vacuously and asks, "What's an obscuranist?"

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  • Vince (played vacuously as ever by Adrian Grenier) is pressured by an action-film director (Nick Cassavetes, as himself, of course) to perform a dangerous driving stunt on camera.

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  • I did, however, often dream of the lovely Professor Stix, rather than focus on whatever vacuously pretty rich girl was in my arms at the time.


  • And lest I offend anyone, I should mention that my first few years were spent blithely and vacuously learning American tai chi, even - to my eternal shame - helping teach it.

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  • The vast majority of Hollywood movies are every bit as formulaic, predictable, and vacuously "well-made" as most of the films to come out of the "machine" in operation during the so-called "golden era" that also produced a director like Wise.



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