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nonevent

[non-i-vent]
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noun
  1. an event or situation that is anticipated but does not occur or occurs with much less than the expected impact, especially one that has been widely publicized; anticlimax.
  2. an occurrence of only superficial interest or content; a dull or insignificant occasion.
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Origin of nonevent

First recorded in 1935–40; non- + event
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noneventpseudo-event

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British Dictionary definitions for non-event

nonevent

noun
  1. a disappointing or insignificant occurrence, esp one predicted to be important
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Word Origin and History for non-event

n.

"unimportant or disappointing event," 1962, from non- + event.

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