emptiness

Has your girlfriend left you? Your boss fired you and your dog run away from home? Then you're probably feeling a state of emptiness, a condition of meaninglessness or futility. Cheer up, you could try writing a country music song.

Although the emotional sense of emptiness is the most common, it can also mean a literal state of physical emptiness -— as in "the emptiness of space." Either way, emptiness might seem like a pretty bad thing, but consider the Bhuddist understanding of the term, for whom emptiness is in fact the ultimate virtue: “Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities,” said the famous Japanese teacher, D. T. Suzuki.

Definitions of emptiness
  1. noun
    the state of containing nothing
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    fullness
    the condition of being filled to capacity
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    blankness
    the state of being blank; void; emptiness
    hollowness
    the state of being hollow: having an empty space within
    vacancy
    being unoccupied
    vacuity, vacuum
    the absence of matter
    type of:
    condition, status
    a state at a particular time
  2. noun
    an empty area or space
    “the emptiness of outer space”
    synonyms: vacancy, vacuum, void
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    type of:
    space
    an empty area (usually bounded in some way between things)
  3. noun
    the quality of being valueless or futile
    synonyms: vanity
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    type of:
    ineptitude, worthlessness
    having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful
  4. noun
    having an empty stomach
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    type of:
    hunger, hungriness
    a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
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