empty words


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Noun1.empty words - loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning
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But, besides these cold, formal, and empty words of the chisel that inscribes, the voice that speaks, and the pen that writes, for the public eye and for distant time,--and which inevitably lose much of their truth and freedom by the fatal consciousness of so doing,--there were traditions about the ancestor, and private diurnal gossip about the Judge, remarkably accordant in their testimony.
His hands Whiter than poplar leaves in windy springs, Shake with some palsy; and his stammering mouth Blurts out a foolish froth of empty words Like water from a conduit.
As for Betteredge, consistency of principle and dignity of conduct had become, in his case, mere empty words.
Often one must listen to false protestations, empty words, strings of lies all day long, so that in the evening one is not fit for anything, not even for truth if it comes in one's way.
These are all so many empty words, my dear sir," said Morcerf: "they might satisfy a new acquaintance, but the Comte de Morcerf does not rank in that list; and when a man like him comes to another, recalls to him his plighted word, and this man fails to redeem the pledge, he has at least a right to exact from him a good reason for so doing.
This shows that the assurances by the company that it will not reduce salaries and benefits for employees are just empty words.
The procedure need not be empty words that are not practised in letter and in spirit.
Without evidence, allegations are just empty words," the resolution approved by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales read.
We have heard countless promises of investment but it usually proves to be no more than empty words.
The Speaker also maintained that his statement on zero budget for lawmakers against the passage of the proposed shift to federalism was nothing but empty words.
Doing so would help "keep our freedom from being corroded by the banality of consumerism, the blare of commercials, the stream of empty words and the overpowering waves of empty chatter and loud shouting," Francis said.