vagueness


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vague

 (vāg)
adj. vagu·er, vagu·est
1. Not clear in meaning or expression; inexplicit. See Synonyms at ambiguous.
2. Not thinking or expressing oneself clearly: "Most of us are quite vague about the theoretical underpinnings of the medical theories that guide our doctors" (Kwame Anthony Appiah).
3. Lacking definite shape, form, or character; indistinct: saw a vague outline of a building through the fog.
4. Indistinctly felt, perceived, understood, or recalled; hazy: a vague uneasiness.

[French, from Old French, wandering, from Latin vagus.]

vague′ly adv.
vague′ness n.

Vagueness

 
  1. (The image) blurred … like something familiar seen beneath disturbed though clear water —William Faulkner
  2. (The consonants) blur together like ink on a wet page —Sue Grafton
  3. Clear as mud —Richard Harris Barham

    This typifies the quick, humorous similes that were most often imported by New Englanders to add color to American speech.

  4. Obscure as a bureaucrat’s memorandum —Anon
  5. Obscure as modesty —Sidney Lanier
  6. (Eye … ) opaque as a muddy pool —F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. Opaque as a milk-glass bowl —Linda West Eckhardt
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vagueness - unclearness by virtue of being poorly expressed or not coherent in meaning; "the Conservative manifesto is a model of vagueness"; "these terms were used with a vagueness that suggested little or no thought about what each might convey"
unclearness - incomprehensibility as a result of not being clear
haziness - vagueness attributable to being not clearly defined
2.vagueness - indistinctness of shape or character; "the scene had the swirling vagueness of a painting by Turner"
blurriness, fuzziness, indistinctness, fogginess, softness - the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines

vagueness

noun
1. impreciseness, ambiguity, obscurity, looseness, inexactitude, woolliness, undecidedness, lack of preciseness the vagueness of the language used in the text
impreciseness precision, clarity, exactness, definition, obviousness, clearness, preciseness
2. absent-mindedness, abstraction, forgetfulness, confusion, inattention, disorganization, giddiness, dreaminess, befuddlement, empty-headedness her deliberately affected vagueness

vagueness

noun
Translations
غُموض
nejasnost
vaghed
óskÿrleiki, óákveîni
nejasnost

vagueness

[ˈveɪgnɪs] N
1. (= imprecision) → vaguedad f, imprecisión f
2. (= absent-mindedness) → distracción f

vagueness

[ˈveɪgnɪs] n
[language, question, statement] → caractère m vague

vagueness

n
Unbestimmtheit f, → Vagheit f; (of outline, shape)Verschwommenheit f; (of report, question)Vagheit f, → Ungenauigkeit f; the vagueness of the resemblancedie entfernte Ähnlichkeit; his vagueness on Dutch politicsseine lückenhafte or wenig fundierte Kenntnis der holländischen Politik
(= absent-mindedness)Geistesabwesenheit f, → Zerstreutheit f; the vagueness of her lookihr abwesender or (puzzled) → verwirrter Blick

vagueness

[ˈveɪgnɪs] n (of outline) → indeterminatezza; (of meaning) → vaghezza; (of person) → distrazione f

vague

(veig) adjective
1. not clear, distinct or definite. Through the fog we saw the vague outline of a ship; She has only a vague idea of how this machine works.
2. (of people) imprecise, or impractical and forgetful. He is always very vague when making arrangements.
ˈvagueness noun
ˈvaguely adverb
1. in a vague manner. I remember him very vaguely.
2. slightly. She felt vaguely irritated; I feel vaguely uneasy.
References in classic literature ?
As I walked away, I was full of thoughtfulness; what had been incidentally revealed to me of Captain Ahab, filled me with a certain wild vagueness of painfulness concerning him.
To the peasants of old times, the world outside their own direct experience was a region of vagueness and mystery: to their untravelled thought a state of wandering was a conception as dim as the winter life of the swallows that came back with the spring; and even a settler, if he came from distant parts, hardly ever ceased to be viewed with a remnant of distrust, which would have prevented any surprise if a long course of inoffensive conduct on his part had ended in the commission of a crime; especially if he had any reputation for knowledge, or showed any skill in handicraft.
I have been conscious all the way along through this pilgrimage of its inevitable vagueness of direction, of my need of something definite, some place, some name, anything at all, however slight, which I might associate, if only for a time, with the object of my quest, a definite something to seek, a definite goal for my feet.
From the paintings over which his elaborate fancy brooded, and which grew, touch by touch, into vagueness at which I shuddered the more thrillingly, because I shuddered knowing not why;--from these paintings (vivid as their images now are before me) I would in vain endeavour to educe more than a small portion which should lie within the compass of merely written words.
The vagueness of the project, and the convulsive effort with which he plunges into the execution of it, are equally characteristic of a feeble-minded man.
It had that typical vagueness which is not vacuity, that blankness which is not simplicity, that look of being committed to nothing in particular, of standing in an attitude of general hospitality to the chances of life, of being very much at one's own disposal so characteristic of many American faces.
In the intervals of brightness it was easy to distinguish objects in remote corners of the shop and the horseshoes that hung upon the wall; in the momentary gloom the fire seemed to be glimmering amidst the vagueness of unenclosed space.
This was not the only example she gave me of her extreme vagueness about the previous years and the line which marked off the period when Miss Bordereau flourished.
He saw, in its great grey glimmering margin, the central vagueness diminish, and he felt it to be taking the very form toward which, for so many days, the passion of his curiosity had yearned.
We have come now out of mere vagueness to the definite conception of an Australian from Ballarat with a grey cloak.
All was sweet and mellow and peaceful in the golden evening light, and yet as I looked at them my soul shared none of the peace of Nature but quivered at the vagueness and the terror of that interview which every instant was bringing nearer.
Nobody knew him exactly," replied Fisher, with some vagueness.