Is there a simpler or better way of saying "promises that hold no meaning" or "promises without meaning"?
You'd better hold on to your promises because you bet you'll get what you deserve (cit.)– o0'.Mar 28, 2015 at 8:47
(idiomatic) A promise that is either not going to be carried out, worthless or meaningless.
1Yep, this is definitely the most idiomatic term. After that I'd go with (duh!) "meaningless promises". Mar 27, 2015 at 12:24
Also (a distant second) "hollow promise". Mar 28, 2015 at 10:21
In my Google searches, in several books "vacuous promise" appears as a synonym for "empty promise". It has a more dramatic tone that may or may not be a good fit with your work. It can convey undertones of thoughtlessness on the part of the person making the promise.
From Google's definition:
- having or showing a lack of thought or intelligence; mindless. "a vacuous smile" synonyms: blank, vacant, expressionless, deadpan, inscrutable, inexpressive, poker-faced, emotionless, impassive, absent, absent-minded, uninterested, empty, glassy, stony, wooden, motionless, lifeless, inanimate More antonyms: expressive, meaningful, thinking, intelligent
- (archaic) empty.
An empty promise or a false/fake promise can be used. But an empty promise is the best one.
More specialized or poetic phrases:
- "promises in the dark"
- "campaign promises"
- [you made me] "promises, promises"
Or even you want example from Song of Fire and Ice: words are wind
i would say "truism" for a promise which is true, but meaningless. e.g. suppose i say "i promise to give to charity at least as much this year as last year". that would be a meaningless (but true) promise, if i gave nothing to charity last year.
i would say "empty promise" for a promise which the speaker has no intention of trying to keep and/or no expectation of being held accountable. e.g. "i promise to come back before i die". that promise is meaningful, but not necessarily true.
A truism is a commonly repeated statement that is true. It has nothing to do with promises that may or may not be true.– phenryMar 27, 2015 at 17:53
i was using "truism" in it's logical sense. "a proposition that states nothing beyond what is implied by any of its terms." you could use tautology if you prefer. i have updated the answer to be more clear. source: google.com/search?q=truism Mar 31, 2015 at 19:10