It is my contemptible weakness that if I say a character smiled vacuously
, I must smile vacuously
; if he frowns or leers, I frown or leer; if he is a coward or given to contortions, I cringe, or twist my legs until I have to stop writing to undo the knot.
The cook turned his watery blue eyes upon Rokoff and smiled vacuously
As a preliminary to another journey to his bunk, he hooked Wolf Larsen's buttonhole with a greasy forefinger and vacuously
proclaimed and reiterated, "I got money, I got money, I tell yer, an' I'm a gentleman's son."
The longstanding philosophical orthodoxy on counterfactuals holds, in part, that counterfactuals with metaphysically impossible antecedents ("counterpossibles") are indiscriminately vacuously
'Parties' which appear to consist of actors desperate for a new job posing vacuously
on a red carpet, followed by industrial air kissing with people they'd avoid on the bus in the real world.
On his part the Indian High Commissioner vacuously
thinks India 'gave' Buddhism to SL.
Therefore, it is ideal for a person to act vacuously
in the comforts of their own abode but contrary in public settings.
And for the old ones, it meant sitting on the towering Kothari bandstand, keenly watching the crowds at play or perched on the Clifton wall, staring vacuously
at the strong waves breaking on the stones.
We chatted vacuously
about her for most of an hour and then she arranged the lips into a smile of sorts saying, 'We'll go Dutch on this right?
At one extreme, these assets are vacuously
subjected to the general secured transactions rules established for all other intangibles, generating an unsatisfactory regime that fails to cater to the idiosyncrasies of the legal regime of IP licenses.
(24) Say we accept any theory that holds that a counterfactual is vacuously
true if its antecedent is necessarily false.
Instead the gesture of welcoming scholars from the Americas has been repeated compulsively yet vacuously
like the movement of a broken needle stuck in a groove--each reiteration producing a hiccupped snippet of masked imperial ideology, a chilling sound that has echoed through the AMS and SAM for almost a century.