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nonentity

[non-en-ti-tee]
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noun, plural non·en·ti·ties.
  1. a person or thing of no importance.
  2. something that does not exist or exists only in imagination.
  3. nonexistence.
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Origin of nonentity

First recorded in 1590–1600; non- + entity

Synonyms

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1. nobody, cipher, mediocrity, zero, nullity.
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Examples from the Web for nonentity

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Historical Examples

  • 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
  1. an insignificant person or thing
  2. a nonexistent thing
  3. the state of not existing; nonexistence
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