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  • Her credentials do not add weight to such vacuous comments.
  • It is a vacuous, feel-good philosophy.
  • She closed her eyes an instant, and the vacuous routine of the life she had chosen stretched before her like a long white road without dip or turning...
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • A sudden animation replaced the vacuous stare of the blue eyes.
    Louis Joseph Vance  --  The Fortune Hunter

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  • He had that vacuous look that comes from too much medication.
  • It was bland and vacuous.
  • people were doing "stunts" all over the garden, while happy, vacuous bursts of laughter rose toward the summer sky.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Again a startled look came over the somewhat vacuous face of Miss Mary Sutherland.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • Only Reba, with her light pimply skin and deferential manner, looked as though her simplicity might also be vacuousness.
    Toni Morrison  --  Song of Solomon
  • A vacuous crooning noise came from her slack mouth.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining

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  • For now she had to figure a way to separate this vacuous girl from her mirrored sunglasses.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • his vacant eyes moved across the crowd of amused onlookers, he slowly mirrored their smiles and finally broke into an uncertain grin at the joke which he obviously did not understand. i felt sick inside as i looked at his dull, vacuous smile,
    Daniel Keyes  --  Flowers for Algernon
  • he would not become a ... vain, vacuous speaker;
    Hermann Hesse  --  Siddhartha
  • "Blood," Henry said, and smiled with a kind of vacuous surprise.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • He was brought up short by the rope which was wound round the tree—the vacuous brachet meanwhile giving a melancholy yelp— and fell off his horse with a tremendous clang.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • As it turned out, though, Josie Cormier had grown into a stunning young woman, one who was quiet and thoughtful and not at all like the vacuous, material girls who trolled the Mall of New Hampshire or encompassed the social elite of Sterling High—girls Lacy had always likened to black widow spiders, looking for someone they could destroy.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • ESTRAGON: I’ve forgotten. (Chews.) ...  Ah yes, now I remember.

    VLADIMIR: Well?

    ESTRAGON: (his mouth full, vacuously). We’re not...
    Samuel Beckett  --  Waiting for Godot
  • He suddenly opened the medicine cabinet. He stared rather vacuously into it for a few seconds, as though he had forgotten why he opened it,
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • Such sudden alternations from mental vacuity do sometimes occur thus quietly. She could never
    have believed in the morning that her colourless inner world would before night become as animated as water under a microscope,
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • His eyes seemed wandering, vacuous again.
    Stephen King  --  Cujo
  • In the study of the profession to which he had looked forward all his life he found irritation and vacuity as well as...
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • vacuous the space
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • ...bluebottles hum vacuously in the fruity air. Then they stun themselves against clear windowpanes and die,
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Four other monks surrounded him like disciples, all dressed in the same tattered robes, all bald, all smiling Cacciato’s vacuous smile.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • All I can do is put in time waiting for the inevitable, observing as the ghosts of my past rattle around my vacuous present.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The only solution was to try to unmake the world, to make it black and silent and uninhabited again, to return to the moment before the Big Bang, in the beginning when there was the Word, and to live in that vacuous untreated space alone with the Word.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Now, Colin had seen enough movies to know what happens when dorks go to cool-kid parties: generally, the dorks either get thrown into the poor or they become drunk, vacuous cool kids themselves.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • If I held up basic-word cards for them, they stared at the cards with blank, vacuous faces.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • ’You pompous, rotund, neighborly, vacuous, complacentů’ Aarfy was unperturbed.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • They had hardly settled around the nearest table when the bartender jerked his head toward a corner of the tavern, and out of the vacuous dark stepped a girl wearing a homburg hat and a long overcoat not unlike Hatter’s.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Then he saw that her face was not stupid, vacuous.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • The orange light through the drawn blind, the sarcophagus of her figure on the bed, the spot of face, the voice searching the vacuity of her illness and finding only remote abstractions.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • The sky wore, in another colour, the same likeness; a white vacuity of countenance with the lineaments gone.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • Yes, dear, she said again, and felt that it was a vacuous reply; but by the time this occurred to her, Andrew was getting into the automobile.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • But, at last, when turning to the eastward, the Cape winds began howling around us, and we rose and fell upon the long, troubled seas that are there; when the ivory-tusked Pequod sharply bowed to the blast, and gored the dark waves in her madness, till, like showers of silver chips, the foam-flakes flew over her bulwarks; then all this desolate vacuity of life went away, but gave place to sights more dismal than before.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Katie refused to dance with the feller provided for her, a vacuous vulgar boy given to remarks like: "I thought you musta fallen in," when Katie returned from a trip to the ladies’ room.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • Perhaps some infatuated swain has ere this mistaken insensibility for modesty, dulness for maiden reserve, mere vacuity for sweet bashfulness, and a goose, in a word, for a swan.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • The day was hot and bright, and the cement was hot and gritty under our feet as we stood there in that vacuity which belongs to the period just before parting at a railway station.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • Two years my life spent inalleshual vacuity.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • She walked to the gate, opening her purse and smiling vacuously at the receptionist, who was speaking into her phone.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • ’It’ll be all right,’ she said, and her face now had that slack, unplugged look , that look of perplexed vacuity , and before his mind was completely consumed in a forest fire of panic he understood that when this was over, she would have only the vaguest memories of what she had done, as she had only the vaguest memories of killing the children and the old people and the terminal patients and Andrew Pomeroy.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Two young men in brown robes like furniture-covers were gesturing vacuously and droning cryptic sentences full of repetitions.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • As he crossed the threshold he was met by old Lisabetta, who smirked and smiled, and was evidently desirous to attract his attention; vainly, however, as the ebullition of his feelings had momentarily subsided into a cold and dull vacuity.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Rappaccini’s Daughter
  • Now it would be the bearded, monarchical, benevolent head of the Grand Duke; then the sharp-featured, brown, cavalry-moustached feature of the chief of police; then the globular, polished and high-collared vacuousness that represented Monsieur Schontz, the proprietor of the hotel.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • And between the two, what a long stretch of vacuity!
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • But as soon as I asked myself the question, and tried to discover some subjects to which I could impart a philosophical significance of infinite value, my mind would stop like a clock, I would see before me vacuity, nothing, would feel either that I was wholly devoid of talent, or that, perhaps, a malady of the brain was hindering its development.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • People noticed the vacuity of my face and the aimlessness of my conversation.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • The human race must be led out of the primitive stage of fear and long-suffering vacuity and into a phase of purposeful activity.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Their bickering and their chatter had lost dimension; nothing was left but a grey and vacuous idiocy, a world bewitched and hollow.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • You’re imitating other people-probably rich, vacuous customers a young hairdresser heard repeating such phrases years ago in Honolulu.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
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