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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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  • He must be 385made to feel that he is a nonentity—a grain of dust beneath a chariot wheel, and that he cannot stop it.

  • Entity means thing or being; hence a nonentity is no thing or nothing.

    Orthography Elmer W. Cavins
  • He remembered Shaw's advice, "Look like a nonentity or you will get cast for villains!"

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • You can't put her off with Mrs. Theobald; she knows as well as we do that she is a nonentity.

  • You have little chance with a woman in this world if you are a nonentity.

    Sally Bishop E. Temple Thurston
  • 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
  • Here we see more objects tottering upon the verge of existence and nonentity than at any other point in the State.

  • 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."

    "Stops" Paul Allardyce
British Dictionary definitions for nonentity


noun (pl) -ties
an insignificant person or thing
a nonexistent thing
the state of not existing; nonexistence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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