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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
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What people say when they want to feel like they're helping but they don't want to actually get off their butts and help.
Person 1: "My mom is in the hospital in critical condition."
Person 2: "I'm sending my thoughts and prayers."
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by Rom, the hero of Terok Nor October 05, 2020
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I couldn’t care less (but one must keep up appearances, right?)
Frenemy has a family tragedy. "Thoughts and prayers."
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"I don't care but Im gonna act like I do so people will like me"
Oh, shit Insert Random Rapper died? I don't even know this guy but "Thoughts and Prayers" πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™
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Typical phrase conveying artificial care and concern for people adversely affected by any number of situations in life; a phrase used in fake concern by people knowing damn well they're not going to do anything to help
Our thoughts and prayers are with Anna, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Now that that's out of the way, did y'all see Love & Hip-Hop last night?
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by HenryLeeH3 October 25, 2018
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The appropriate statement by which a reference to a mass shooting must be concluded as written in the holy guidebook Guns & Ammo and endorsed by the great and divine church of the NRA.

This statement may be substituted for action and its utterance is believed by scientists to create new quantum realities in which that action was taken.

Failure to utter thoughts and prayers after referencing a shooting may result in sensible gun control legislation and/or improvements to American mental health care systems.
"Did you hear? Some kids got shot at school today! Thoughts and prayers!"
"Oh my - that person is shooting up a concert! Thoughts and prayers!"
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by fire breathing sarcasm May 19, 2018
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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
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