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 for emptiness
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Emptiness \Emp"ti*ness\, n. [From Empty.]
     1. The state of being empty; absence of contents; void space;
        vacuum; as, the emptiness of a vessel; emptiness of the
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     2. Want of solidity or substance; unsatisfactoriness;
        inability to satisfy desire; vacuity; hollowness; as, the
        emptiness of earthly glory.
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     3. Want of knowledge; lack of sense; vacuity of mind.
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              Eternal smiles his emptiness betray.  --Pope.
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              The sins of emptiness, gossip, and spite.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the state of containing nothing [ant: fullness]
      2: having an empty stomach
      3: an empty area or space; "the huge desert voids"; "the
         emptiness of outer space"; "without their support he'll be
         ruling in a vacuum" [syn: void, vacancy, emptiness,
      4: the quality of being valueless or futile; "he rejected the
         vanities of the world" [syn: vanity, emptiness]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  228 Moby Thesaurus words for "emptiness":
     absence, absence of mind, absurdity, acreage, aimlessness, angst,
     anguish, anxiety, appetite, area, aridity, bareness, barrenness,
     big deal, blankness, bleakness, bloodlessness, bootlessness,
     boredom, breadth, canine appetite, casuistry, characterlessness,
     cheerlessness, colorlessness, continuum, crossed fingers,
     dead letter, deadness, deprivation, desertedness, desolateness,
     desolation, dimension, discomfort, discomposure, discontent,
     disingenuousness, dislike, dismalness, displeasure, disquiet,
     dissatisfaction, dragginess, dread, dreariness, drought, dryness,
     dullness, dustiness, effeteness, emotionlessness, empty sound,
     empty space, empty stomach, empty-headedness, ennui, etiolation,
     existential woe, expanse, expansion, expressionlessness, extension,
     extent, fatuity, fecklessness, field, flatness, flimsiness,
     foolishness, frivolity, frivolousness, fruitlessness, futility,
     galactic space, grimness, heaviness, hollow hunger, hollow mockery,
     hollowness, hunger, hungriness, idleness, impotence, inanition,
     inanity, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, inefficacy,
     inexcitability, infinite space, inquietude, insignificance,
     insincerity, insipidity, insipidness, interstellar space, jejunity,
     jesuitry, joylessness, lack of pleasure, leadenness, levity,
     lifelessness, lightness, lowness of spirit, malaise,
     meaninglessness, measure, mental void, mere noise, mockery, nausea,
     negation, negativeness, negativity, nihility, noise, nonbeing,
     nonentity, nonexistence, nongratification, noninhabitance,
     nonoccupance, nonoccupancy, nonoccurrence, nonreality,
     nonresidence, nonsatisfaction, nonsensicality, nonsubsistence,
     not-being, nothingness, nugacity, nullity, opening, otiosity,
     outer space, painfulness, paleness, pallor, phatic communion,
     place open, pointlessness, pokiness, polydipsia, ponderousness,
     profitlessness, proportion, purposelessness, rat race, relish,
     savorlessness, senselessness, shallowness, silliness, slenderness,
     slightness, slowness, solemnity, sophistry, space,
     spatial extension, sphere, spiritlessness, spleen, spread,
     staleness, sterility, stiffness, stodginess, stomach, stuffiness,
     superficial extension, superficiality, surface, sweet tooth,
     tapeworm, taste, tastelessness, tediousness, tedium, the absurd,
     thirst, thirstiness, tongue in cheek, torment of Tantalus, tract,
     triflingness, triteness, triviality, trivialness, unactuality,
     uncandidness, uncandor, uncomfortableness, unease, uneasiness,
     unfrankness, unhappiness, uninterestingness, unliveliness,
     unmeaningness, unpleasure, unproductiveness, unprofitability,
     unprofitableness, unreality, unsatisfaction, unsignificancy,
     uselessness, vacancy, vacant post, vacantness, vacuity,
     vacuousness, vacuum, valuelessness, vanity, vapidity, vapidness,
     vexation of spirit, vicious circle, void, voidness, volume,
     woodenness, worthlessness

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