An expression of indifference to tragedy intended to seem empathetic.

Hollow gestures trivializing loss.
"Yes, I know you want action to keep shooting sprees from happening to someone else. I'll send thoughts and prayers."
by Dex Novice February 11, 2018
I couldn’t care less (but one must keep up appearances, right?)
Frenemy has a family tragedy. "Thoughts and prayers."
by November 5, 2018
When you hear about a tragedy that is not affecting you at all but you still have to act like you care so you say "Thoughts and prayers" to pretend you actually give one shit.
Person 1: "Did you hear about the boat that sink the other day with four families?"
Person 2: "Yeah, thoughts and prayers"
by LeTigre2020 October 19, 2020
The most polite, thoughtful and socially validating way to say "I don't give a fuck" when something horrible happens.
"Becky fell down the stairs and broke her ankle!"

"eh, thoughts and prayers"

"you're a great person!"
by 9852174563 February 21, 2018
A phrase only used by Christians to people, generally other Christians, experiencing hardship. A statement implying action and assistance when in fact none will be forthcoming in any meaningful way. Represents vague promise to intercede with a magical being on the recipient's behalf. Used most often to end a conversation by the person saying it. Often ridiculed in social media as nonsense and hypocrisy, and misspoken as 'Thots and pears'.
I don't want to say 'you should have had your whole family vaccinated' at the funeral. I'll say 'thoughts and prayers' and then talk about the weather.
by Omniv0r March 10, 2022
Okay, I'll send a Hallmark card I found in the bottom of my desk drawer.
Oh, my mother in law broke her leg? Well my thoughts and prayers are with her.
by October 9, 2020
When you think of someone and send their best to them.
I am praying for you. Sending my thoughts and prayers to help you recover.
by Green&Red bows October 17, 2020