In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1(smile) vacuo(expression) de vacuidad(statement/remark) insustancial(pastime/pleasures) banal(pleasures/pastime) vacío
- 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.
- Can there be anything more futile than to combine the huge range of music we find under the vapid and vacuous heading Easy Listening?
- Belief and unbelief, so important to the intellectual posturing of modern existence, are innocuous, vacuous terms.
- Choices based on the most minute reasoning but lacking any desire are vacuous.
- We should argue about how things are, not seek to win arguments with vacuous comparisons designed to evoke revulsion without thought.
- I have been repelled by attempts to portray him as a vacuous man with an artificial smile and no convictions.
- 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.
- The story may seem vacuous because of its clear lack of progression, but then, maybe that's the point of it.
- Some might say that it's because the actors are silly, strident, vacuous, and self-important.
- He attempts to revisit the concept of intelligence but comes to the vacuous conclusion that it can't be defined.
- So is there any genuinely interesting news in all this vacuous Hollywood house-hunting nonsense?
- You'll see their vacuous smiles, but their sad eyes will betray how hollow and unhappy they really are.
- If the Nationalists had simply parroted their trite, intellectually vacuous opposition, then that would have been no more or less than expected.
- She's perfected that smiling art of PR deflection, of projecting a sweetly vacuous wholesomeness.
- It transformed his face, giving his normally vacuous gaze a look of both intelligence and awareness.
- This piece struck me as one of the most vacuous and shallow pieces of writing I've seen in a very long time.
- In short, what we have here is a veritable orgy of vacuous generalities and meaningless slogans.
- Ultimately, it's a completely empty, vacuous product, carefully crafted to make lots and lots of money.
- 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.
- 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.
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