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  • 1Having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless.

    ‘a vacuous smile’
    • ‘vacuous slogans’
    • ‘Choices based on the most minute reasoning but lacking any desire are vacuous.’
    • ‘You'll see their vacuous smiles, but their sad eyes will betray how hollow and unhappy they really are.’
    • ‘In short, what we have here is a veritable orgy of vacuous generalities and meaningless slogans.’
    • ‘If the Nationalists had simply parroted their trite, intellectually vacuous opposition, then that would have been no more or less than expected.’
    • ‘Some might say that it's because the actors are silly, strident, vacuous, and self-important.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Can there be anything more futile than to combine the huge range of music we find under the vapid and vacuous heading Easy Listening?’
    • ‘So is there any genuinely interesting news in all this vacuous Hollywood house-hunting nonsense?’
    • ‘The story may seem vacuous because of its clear lack of progression, but then, maybe that's the point of it.’
    • ‘She's perfected that smiling art of PR deflection, of projecting a sweetly vacuous wholesomeness.’
    • ‘I have been repelled by attempts to portray him as a vacuous man with an artificial smile and no convictions.’
    • ‘It transformed his face, giving his normally vacuous gaze a look of both intelligence and awareness.’
    • ‘He attempts to revisit the concept of intelligence but comes to the vacuous conclusion that it can't be defined.’
    • ‘From his face you can see nothing but a kind of goofy good-nature, and the vacuous, half-baked expression of a child bewildered by all the strange things that are going on all around him.’
    • ‘Belief and unbelief, so important to the intellectual posturing of modern existence, are innocuous, vacuous terms.’
    • ‘We should argue about how things are, not seek to win arguments with vacuous comparisons designed to evoke revulsion without thought.’
    • ‘He's a young, concerned citizen who, like so many of us, is turned off by the negative and vacuous campaigns run by candidates of both major parties.’
    • ‘This piece struck me as one of the most vacuous and shallow pieces of writing I've seen in a very long time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ultimately, it's a completely empty, vacuous product, carefully crafted to make lots and lots of money.’
    blank, vacant, expressionless, deadpan, inscrutable, inexpressive, poker-faced, emotionless, impassive, absent, absent-minded, uninterested, empty, glassy, stony, wooden, motionless, lifeless, inanimate
    empty-headed, unintelligent, without thought, brainless, dense, dull-witted, thick, vacant, inane, stupid
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    1. 1.1 archaic Empty.
      ‘A vacuous, empty space is present in almost all locations throughout the film and successfully captures the enormous lack of love Barry feels.’
      • ‘On the second floor, I stepped into a vacuous, empty office space.’
      • ‘There was less than a minute of silence, and then two police cruisers tore down the vacuous street with their sirens on and stopped in front of the restaurant.’



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