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nothingness

[nuhth-ing-nis] /ˈnʌθ ɪŋ nɪs/
noun
1.
the state of being nothing.
2.
something that is nonexistent:
a view of humanity as suspended between infinity and nothingness.
3.
lack of being; nonexistence:
The sound faded into nothingness.
4.
unconsciousness or death:
She remembered a dizzy feeling, then nothingness.
5.
utter insignificance, emptiness, or worthlessness; triviality:
The days followed one another in an endless procession of nothingness.
6.
something insignificant or without value.
Origin of nothingness
1625-1635
1625-35; nothing + -ness
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  • Then, with a sudden note of despair, his voice trailed off into nothingness and he turned a drawn white face to his two friends.

  • He set down the instrument and resumed his blank stare into nothingness.

  • When she closed her eyes, strong warm hands seemed to come out of nothingness and touch her flushed cheeks.

    Poor White Sherwood Anderson
  • He shall be taught the reasonableness of Christianity, and the nothingness of disbelief.

  • Out beyond him was nothingness for what seemed endless distance.

    Heart of the Blue Ridge Waldron Baily
  • Her Ladyship sat with an unread book on her knees gazing into nothingness.

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
British Dictionary definitions for nothingness

nothingness

/ˈnʌθɪŋnɪs/
noun
1.
the state or condition of being nothing; nonexistence
2.
absence of consciousness or life
3.
complete insignificance or worthlessness
4.
something that is worthless or insignificant
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Word Origin and History for nothingness
n.

"nonexistence," 1630s, from nothing + -ness.

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