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Laura smiled as she glanced at his face, but it was not its hollowness she was thinking of.

How can a man of your age talk of being melancholy, or of the hollowness of existence?

You are Canadian—in you I can banish the coldness, hollowness, and degeneracy of Europe.

There were no tears in his eyes, but a feeling of hollowness about his heart, and a great pain.

They gave off a muffled clink of hollowness when he tapped them.

Then she rapped the floor and walls, and could discover no indications of hollowness.

But its hollowness and falseness they feel at times most keenly.

Alas for the hollowness of American religion and philanthropy!

I knew them from the first—saw through their hollowness and despised them.

She felt the hollowness of his speech, and no more; and she said, "Good-bye, Edward."

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, from Old English holh (n.) "hollow place, hole," from Proto-Germanic *hul-, from PIE *kel- "to cover, conceal" (see cell). The figurative sense of "insincere" is attested from 1520s. Related: Hollowly; hollowness. To carry it hollow "take it completely" is first recorded 1660s, of unknown origin or connection.

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