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  • n. The quality of lacking worth, of being valueless, useless or devoid of benefit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or character of being worthless.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being without practical use
  • n. having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful

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Examples

  • The problem is, young gay kids -- the target of It Gets Better -- are learning about their worthlessness from the actions of the President's office.

    Emma Ruby-Sachs: It Gets Better, But No Thanks To You, President Obama

  • This usually causes an eruption of huge emotion as the normal feeling of worthlessness is contradicted by the new worth in the person’s bank account.

    Scripting News for 3/17/2008 « Scripting News Annex

  • As to the "worthlessness" of the bonds that the Treasury has issued to * itself* in the trust fund as a means of saving to finance its future obigations, they are no more or less worthless than any debt that any party issues to itself as a means of saving to pay a future cash flow need.

    Social Security Reform, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • No point carrying the burden of that lie, as well as of the great one, that you (alone among humanity - and along with all the rest of us who are alone in our 'worthlessness') are nothing.

    Enough

  • Behind the hard, shiny surface of black male bravado and black female flashiness is the reality many black couples face: eroded self-confidence brought on by self-doubt and acute awareness of one's "worthlessness" Petey says as much to Dewey that "talking is the only thing I can do without breaking the law" in the system and the narrow opportunities one faces when one is black and an ex-convict.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • "trumpery," and so supplement the idea of worthlessness with that other idea, equally grateful to the author, of deceit.

    Style

  • Aliens (1986), though his "worthlessness" is caused by an injury sustained in heroic battle, not something as unflattering as pathological-tripping.

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  • I beg him to look past his 'worthlessness' … that I love him, and his family loves him. .and I want my family and friends to love him …. but he needs to love himself … he doesn't …. listen.

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  • In many respects, the comments about "worthlessness" of care for the very sick and elderly indicate the value of life arguments that became the prevailing political thought in Germany in the

    NOW on PBS

  • A naughty person -- literally, "A man of Belial," or of worthlessness, that is, for good, and so depraved, or wicked (compare

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

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