Definition of nonentity in English:


Line breaks: non|en¦tity
Pronunciation: /nɒˈnɛntɪti

noun (plural nonentities)

1A person or thing with no special or interesting qualities; an unimportant person or thing: a political nonentity
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  • That's why these two political nonentities are stuck in the political quagmire of Vietnam.
  • Irrespective of last week's triumphs over some continental nonentities, who really cares?
  • They are mediocre nonentities who demand to know your tax history, your type of business, your social status.
unimportant person, person of no importance, person of no account, nobody, cipher, non-person, man of straw, nothing, small fry, lightweight; mediocrity, second-rater
British informal small beer
1.1 [mass noun] The quality or condition of being uninteresting or unimportant: the collection of topics is saved from nonentity by the stature of the contributors
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  • To stay at home was to condemn yourself to nonentity.
2 [mass noun] Non-existence: asserting the nonentity of evil
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  • What mysterious force or invisible hand guided the embryo's journey from nonentity to individual?


late 16th century: from medieval Latin nonentitas 'non-existence'.

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