vacuity

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From Latin vacuitās (empty space, vacancy, vacuity); equivalent to vacu(ous) +‎ -ity.

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vacuity (countable and uncountable, plural vacuities)

  1. Emptiness.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, [], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      The meanes I use to suppresse this frenzy, and which seemeth the fittest for my purpose, is to crush, and trample this humane pride and fiercenesse under foot, to make them feele the emptinesse, vacuitie, and no worth of man [].
    • 1748, David Hume, Enquiry concerning Human Understanding, III.13:
      to find so sensible a breach or vacuity in the course of the passions, by means of this breach in the connexion of ideas [].
  2. Physical emptiness, an absence of matter; vacuum.
  3. Idleness; listlessness.
  4. An empty or inane remark or thing.

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