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nil

[nil] /nɪl/
noun
1.
nothing; naught; zero.
adjective
2.
having no value or existence:
His credit rating is nil.
Origin of nil
1805-1815
1805-15; < Latin nīl, variant (by apocope) of nīlum, contraction of nihilum nothing, equivalent to ni (variant of ne not) + hīlum trifle

nil admirari

[neel ahd-mee-rah-ree; English nil ad-mi-rair-ahy, -rair-ee] /ˈnil ˌɑd miˈrɑ ri; English ˈnɪl ˌæd mɪˈrɛər aɪ, -ˈrɛər i/
Latin.
1.
to wonder at nothing.

nil desperandum

[neel des-pe-rahn-doo m; English nil des-puh-ran-duh m] /ˈnil ˌdɛs pɛˈrɑn dʊm; English ˈnɪl ˌdɛs pəˈræn dəm/
Latin.
1.
never despair.
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  • It will be noticed by the most careless reader that the evidence is nil.

    Historic Oddities Sabine Baring-Gould
  • At Dover the dock-people had generously charged me “nil” for dues.

  • nil desperandum is the watch-word which flashes down the ranks of our men, even in the tightest corners.

    With The Immortal Seventh Division E. J. Kennedy and the Lord Bishop of Winchester
  • Also, I discovered that their morality, where business was concerned, was nil.

  • We sat down to breakfast together, although, as he could speak no English and I could speak no Dutch, the conversation was nil.

    South African Memories Lady Sarah Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for nil

nil

/nɪl/
noun
1.
another word for nothing: used esp in the scoring of certain games
Word Origin
C19: from Latin

nil desperandum

/ˈnɪl ˌdɛspəˈrændəm/
sentence substitute
1.
never despair
Word Origin
from Latin, literally: nothing to be despaired of
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Word Origin and History for nil
n.

"nothing," 1833, from Latin nil, contraction of nihil, nihilum "nothing, not at all; in vain," from ne- "not" (see un-) + hilum "small thing, trifle," of unknown origin.

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