American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The present or particular occasion: "Her tendency to discover a touch of sadness had for the nonce disappeared” ( Theodore Dreiser).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- A word of no independent status, used only in the following phrases.
- n. UK, slang, pejorative A sex offender, especially of children; a paedophile.
- n. UK, slang A stupid or worthless person.
- n. cryptography A datum constructed so as to be unique to a particular message in a stream, in order to prevent replay attacks.
- n. cryptography In a security engineering context, a value used only once.
- n. The one or single occasion; the present reason or purpose (now only in for the nonce).
- n. lexicography A nonce word.
- n. computing A number, usually generated randomly or from the time, used once in a cryptographic protocol, to prevent replay attacks.
- adj. denoting something occurring once.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The one or single occasion; the present call or purpose; -- chiefly used in the phrase for the nonce, i. e. for the present time.
- n. the present occasion
- From a misdivision in Middle English of þan anes ("the one (occasion, instance)"). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English for the nones, for the occasion, alteration of for then anes : for, for; see for + then : neuter dative sing. of the; see the1 + ones, anes, once; see once. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In the United Kingdom and Australia, the term nonce sometimes spelled "nonse" is a slang word used to refer to a sex offender and/or child sexual abuser.”
“Garman for the nonce was the courtier, the artistic idler, the dilettante in the art of luxurious living; and Payne, conscious of his dirt-smudged overalls, envied him the elegance with which he played the rôle.”
“Jap cartoons are fcuking weird anyway. true but should you be labelled a nonce for looking at a cartoon Steven:”
“Jap cartoons are fcuking weird anyway. true but should you be labelled a nonce for looking at a cartoon No victim = no crime?”
“They might best be called nonce usages, intended for a particular occasion with only a remote or vague connection with the original meaning of the word.”
“‘uprest’ (“Revolt of Islam”, 3 21 5), which has been described as a nonce-word deliberately coined by Shelley ‘on no better warrant than the exigency of the rhyme.’”
“These people are not only in prison, but as convicted child molesters occupy the lowest, most despised niche in prison society - the 'nonce'.”
“Hmm, "nonce," "chiaroscuro," and "purlieu" were the only ones I knew -- and I agree with elck that 3 out of 18 definitely equates to duncehood.”
“As I said in my post, these are "words you'll never have a use for," and I'd be outraged if someone used them on an actual vocabulary test in a school, say -- aside from "nonce" and maybe "chiaroscuro," there's no particular reason to know them.”
“Nacherally, I abandons them marital intentions for what you-all might call the "nonce" to sort o 'look over my hand ag'in an' see be I right.”
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