What does emptiness mean?

Definitions for emptiness
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. emptinessnoun

    the state of containing nothing

  2. emptinessnoun

    having an empty stomach

  3. void, vacancy, emptiness, vacuumnoun

    an empty area or space

    "the huge desert voids"; "the emptiness of outer space"; "without their support he'll be ruling in a vacuum"

  4. vanity, emptinessnoun

    the quality of being valueless or futile

    "he rejected the vanities of the world"

Wiktionary

  1. emptinessnoun

    The state or feeling of being empty

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Emptinessnoun

    Etymology: from empty.

    Where cities stood,
    Well fenc’d, and numerous, desolation reigns,
    And emptiness; dismay’d, unfed, unhous’d,
    The widow and the orphan stroll. Phillips.

    His coffers sound
    With hollow poverty and emptiness. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    Nor could another in your room have been,
    Except an emptiness had come between. Dryden.

    The ordinary air in which we live and respire, is of so thin a composition, that sixteen thousand one hundred and forty-nine parts of its dimensions are mere emptiness and nothing; and the remaining one only, material and real substance. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    ’Tis this which causes the graces and the loves to take up their habitations in the hardest marble, and to subsist in the emptiness of light and shadow. John Dryden, Dufresnoy, Pref.

    O frail estate of human things,
    Now to our cost your emptiness we know. Dryden.

    Form the judgment about the worth or emptiness of things here, according as they are or are not of use, in relation to what is to come after. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    Eternal smiles his emptiness betray,
    As shallow streams run dimpling all the way. Alexander Pope, Epist.

Wikipedia

  1. Emptiness

    Emptiness as a human condition is a sense of generalized boredom, social alienation and apathy. Feelings of emptiness often accompany dysthymia, depression, loneliness, anhedonia, despair, or other mental/emotional disorders, including schizoid personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizotypal personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. A sense of emptiness is also part of a natural process of grief, as resulting death of a loved one, or other significant changes. The particular meanings of "emptiness" vary with the particular context and the religious or cultural tradition in which it is used.While Christianity and Western sociologists and psychologists view a state of emptiness as a negative, unwanted condition, in some Eastern philosophies such as Buddhist philosophy and Taoism, emptiness (Śūnyatā) represents seeing through the illusion of independent self-nature.

ChatGPT

  1. emptiness

    Emptiness is a state or condition characterized by the absence or lack of something, be it physical, emotional or spiritual. It can denote void, vacancy or a feeling of desolation or hollowness. It is often used to describe feelings of loneliness, lack of purpose or unsatisfactoriness in life. In physical terms, it refers to a space without matter or a container without content.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emptinessnoun

    the state of being empty; absence of contents; void space; vacuum; as, the emptiness of a vessel; emptiness of the stomach

  2. Emptinessnoun

    want of solidity or substance; unsatisfactoriness; inability to satisfy desire; vacuity; hollowness; the emptiness of earthly glory

  3. Emptinessnoun

    want of knowledge; lack of sense; vacuity of mind

  4. Etymology: [From Empty.]

Wikidata

  1. Emptiness

    Emptiness as a human condition is a sense of generalized boredom, social alienation and apathy. Feelings of emptiness often accompany dysthymia, depression, loneliness, anhedonia, despair, or other mental/emotional disorders, including schizoid personality disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizotypal personality disorder and borderline personality disorder. A sense of emptiness is also part of a natural process of grief, as resulting of separation, death of a loved one, or other significant changes. However, the particular meanings of “emptiness” vary with the particular context and the religious or cultural tradition in which it is used. While Christianity and Western sociologists and psychologists view a state of emptiness as a negative, unwanted condition, in some Eastern philosophies such as Buddhist philosophy and Taoism, emptiness is a realized achievement. Outside of Eastern philosophy, some writers have also suggested that people may use a transitory state of emptiness as a means of liberating themselves for personal growth.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of emptiness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of emptiness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of emptiness in a Sentence

  1. Alexis karpouzos:

    We can't communicate the incommuunicable, we can't explain the inconceivable, life's fullness forever lies in wait about each one of us, and the lonely emptiness of existence is permanent, but a star deep in our heart lead us the way home

  2. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson:

    When the soul is starved for nourishment, it lets us know with feelings of emptiness, anxiety, or yearning.

  3. Marcus Aurelius:

    But look at how soon we’re all forgotten. The abyss of endless time that swallows it all. The emptiness of all those applauding hands. The people who praise us - how capricious they are, how arbitrary. And the tiny region in which it all takes place. The whole earth a point in space - and most of it uninhabited.

  4. Frank Herbert, Dune:

    Empires do not suffer emptiness of purpose at the time of their creation. It is when they have become established that aims are lost and replaces by vague ritual.

  5. Dejan Stojanovic:

    If emptiness is empty, how can something be borne or awaken from it?

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