nothingness

[nuhth-ing-nis]

noun

the state of being nothing.
something that is nonexistent: a view of humanity as suspended between infinity and nothingness.
lack of being; nonexistence: The sound faded into nothingness.
unconsciousness or death: She remembered a dizzy feeling, then nothingness.
utter insignificance, emptiness, or worthlessness; triviality: The days followed one another in an endless procession of nothingness.
something insignificant or without value.

Origin of nothingness

First recorded in 1625–35; nothing + -ness
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Related Words for nothingness

smallness, pettiness

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British Dictionary definitions for nothingness

nothingness

noun

the state or condition of being nothing; nonexistence
absence of consciousness or life
complete insignificance or worthlessness
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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