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Vacuity

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Vacúity. n.s. [vacuitas, from vacuus, Lat. vacuité, Fr.]

  1. Emptiness; state of being unfilled.

    Hunger is such a state of vacuity, as to require a fresh supply of aliment. Arbuthnot.

  2. Space unfilled; space unoccupied.

    In filling up vacuities, turning out shadows and ceremonies, by explicit prescription of substantial duties, which those shadows did obscurely represent. Hammond's Fund.

              He, that seat soon failing, meets
    A vast vacuity.
    Milton.

    Body and space are quite different things, and a vacuity is interspersed among the particles of matter. Bentley.

    God, who alone can answer all our longings; and fill every vacuity of our soul, should intirely posses our heart. Rogers.

  3. Inanity; want of reality.

    The soul is seen, like other things, in the mirror of its effects: but if they'll run behind the glass to catch at it, their expectations will meet with vacuity and emptiness. Glanv.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Bentley, Richard (57) · Glanvill, Joseph (53) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Milton, John (449) · Rogers, John (38)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Vacuity." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: November 12, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=3880.


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