Word + Quiz: vacuous

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Word + Quiz: vacuous

1. empty of matter

2. lack of expression

3. devoid of significance or point

4. devoid of intelligence

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The word vacuous has appeared in 22 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on April 5 in “Hudson Yards: A City Within a City” by C. J. Hughes:

Plans for Battery Park City went through multiple iterations. It started with a 1966 “towers in the park” plan for apartment buildings to house World Trade Center employees that Ada Louise Huxtable, the architecture critic for The New York Times, called “sterile high-rise towers in vacuous open space.” The plan estimated about 90,000 residents, a far cry from the 16,000 there today.

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