nonentity

[non-en-ti-tee]

noun, plural non·en·ti·ties.

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

Synonyms for nonentity

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Related Words for nonentity

cipher, nothing, upstart, nobody, zero, zilch, nonexistence

Examples from the Web for nonentity

Contemporary Examples of nonentity

Historical Examples of nonentity

  • 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."

    "Stops"

    Paul Allardyce


British Dictionary definitions for nonentity

nonentity

noun plural -ties

an insignificant person or thing
a nonexistent thing
the state of not existing; nonexistence
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