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[non-en-ti-tee] /nɒnˈɛn tɪ ti/
noun, plural nonentities.
a person or thing of no importance.
something that does not exist or exists only in imagination.
Origin of nonentity
First recorded in 1590-1600; non- + entity
1. nobody, cipher, mediocrity, zero, nullity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You can't put her off with Mrs. Theobald; she knows as well as we do that she is a nonentity.

  • I can't think of any one you know—not a nonentity—but I should like to bring a friend, if I may.

    Audrey Craven May Sinclair
  • Anything to get me out of this hell of deceit, nonentity namelessness.

    Garrison's Finish W. B. M. Ferguson
  • In Europe, as you know, till a woman is married she is a nonentity.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • Compare "pseudonym," where the prefix is contracted, and "nonentity."


    Paul Allardyce
  • A public nuisance is really more respectable than a nonentity.

    The Brown Mouse Herbert Quick
  • And even if a thing is a thing, it is a nothing to a nonentity.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • An unfecundated egg, which the waves of time wash away into nonentity.

    Pearls of Thought Maturin M. Ballou
  • Entity means thing or being; hence a nonentity is no thing or nothing.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
British Dictionary definitions for nonentity


noun (pl) -ties
an insignificant person or thing
a nonexistent thing
the state of not existing; nonexistence
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