noun, plural nu·gac·i·ties for 2.
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What does nugacity mean?
A nugacity is something trivial or unimportant. Nugacity can also mean the quality of being trivial or unimportant.
Example: Many biology majors feel like the one required art class is a nugacity that doesn’t add to their education.
Where does nugacity come from?
The first record of nugacity in the English language comes from the mid-1500s. Its first known use is from the poem “The Fall and Evil Success of Rebellion” by English poet Wilfred Holme. Nugacity comes from the Latin word nūgācitās, meaning “worthlessness” or “frivolity.”
Nugacity was most used between the 1600s and 1800s to describe unimportant texts, political policies, or parts of everyday life. Notable uses include those by English Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (in his literary criticism) and English philosopher Henry More.
Today, it is quite obscure but is still occasionally used in both of its senses.
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How is nugacity used in real life?
Ironically, most people learn the word nugacity as a bit of trivia.
Today's word in my book of words of the days is NUGACITY, which means pointlessness. As Larkin wrote to Amis: "I'm sorry this letter is so dull, but I do just bugger all and tend to stagnate. One gets obsessed with nugacity (you are bound to know what that means, you sod)."
— Steven Poole (@stevenpoole) December 2, 2019
— National Library of Scotland (@natlibscot) January 4, 2018
— Sally Oliphant (@Sally_PR) August 18, 2015
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Is nugacity used correctly in the following sentence?
The nugacity of these meetings is obvious—we’ve already covered everything in an email.