from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The character of being unmeaning.

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  • noun dated The quality of being unmeaning; insignificance.


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unmeaning +‎ -ness


  • A resentful answer was rising to the tongue of Camilla, when she perceived her two little sprigs, which in her recent disorder she had dropt, were demolishing under the feet of Indiana, who, with apparent unmeaningness, but internal suspicion of their giver, had trampled upon them both.


  • There is no difficulty, by the help of Aristotle and later writers, in criticizing the Timaeus of Plato, in pointing out the inconsistencies of the work, in dwelling on the ignorance of anatomy displayed by the author, in showing the fancifulness or unmeaningness of some of his reasons.


  • Can we imagine that being is devoid of life and mind, and exists in awful unmeaningness an everlasting fixture?

    The Sophist

  • No one has equally raised the human mind above the trivialities of the common logic and the unmeaningness of ‘mere’ abstractions, and above imaginary possibilities, which, as he truly says, have no place in philosophy.

    The Sophist

  • But it is not so much on account of its consequences as on account of its essential unmeaningness and intellectual unintelligibility that I would invite you to reject this formula 'God is all.'

    Philosophy and Religion Six Lectures Delivered at Cambridge

  • There are then some really sweet and amiable verses on a French lady, separated from her own children, fondling the baby of a neighbouring cottager; -- after which we have this quintessence of unmeaningness, entitled, 'Foresight.'

    Early Reviews of English Poets

  • It is, as it were, a swath mown in the deep pine forest -- the labor of a poor ignorant being, who, like the parrot, can talk and palaver with simple unmeaningness, but ignorant of the world beyond a radius of ten miles.

    History of the Eighty-sixth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, during its term of service

  • He desired, as he said in the note to "Romantic Ballads," not the merely harmonious but the grand, and he condemned the modern muse for "the violent desire to be smooth and tuneful, forgetting that smoothness and tunefulness are nearly synonymous with tameness and unmeaningness."

    George Borrow The Man and His Books

  • His life's unmeaningness overwhelmed him; he moved under the burden of its irony.

    The Mountebank

  • "Mouth, sir; mouth!" till they were hoarse, the Angelic Doctor never perceived the unmeaningness of his proverb.

    Collections and Recollections


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