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Having no meaning or significance.

mean′ing·less·ly adv.
mean′ing·less·ness n.
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Noun1.meaninglessness - a message that seems to convey no meaningmeaninglessness - a message that seems to convey no meaning
subject matter, content, message, substance - what a communication that is about something is about
absurdity, absurdness, ridiculousness - a message whose content is at variance with reason
amphigory, nonsense verse - nonsensical writing (usually verse)
balderdash, fiddle-faddle, piffle - trivial nonsense
buzzword, cant - stock phrases that have become nonsense through endless repetition
cobblers - nonsense; "I think that is a load of cobblers"
crock - nonsense; foolish talk; "that's a crock"
fa la, fal la - meaningless syllables in the refrain of a partsong
gibber, gibberish - unintelligible talking
unintelligibility, incoherence, incoherency - nonsense that is simply incoherent and unintelligible
jabberwocky - nonsensical language (according to Lewis Carroll)
mummery, flummery - meaningless ceremonies and flattery
empty talk, empty words, hot air, palaver, rhetoric - loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
rigamarole, rigmarole - a set of confused and meaningless statements
schmegegge, shmegegge - (Yiddish) baloney; hot air; nonsense
hooey, poppycock, stuff and nonsense, stuff - senseless talk; "don't give me that stuff"
baloney, bilgewater, boloney, bosh, drool, humbug, tommyrot, tosh, twaddle, taradiddle, tarradiddle - pretentious or silly talk or writing
2.meaninglessness - the quality of having no value or significance; "he resented the meaninglessness of the tasks they assigned him"
insignificance - the quality of having little or no significance
inanity, mindlessness, pointlessness, senselessness, vacuity - total lack of meaning or ideas
aimlessness, purposelessness - the quality of lacking any definite purpose
meaningfulness - the quality of having great value or significance
References in classic literature ?
One shudders at the thought of the meaninglessness of life while at the same in- stant, and if the people of the town are his people, one loves life so intensely that tears come into the eyes.
He thought how much better it was to be a dumb, unquestioning beast, or a human being conscious of his soul, than to be as he was--alone, a materialist, who saw the meaninglessness of matter and whose mind, in some manner which he did not understand, had developed a slant that made him doubt what others accepted so easily as facts.
Max still cannot shake the thought of the tumor and the meaninglessness of his own life--until a physical trauma forces him to accept that he is not dying of brain cancer after all and that he must rejoin the real world.
As Roy laments the idea of his temporary existence in his last moments of life, he expresses sadness over the meaninglessness of his unshared memories in the grand scheme of things.
At once emotive, contemplative, and humorous, Beckett's masterpiece wittily explores our angst-ridden insecurities on the absurdity and meaninglessness of life.
129), Bradatan embarks on a complex and difficult journey through the world of Auschwitz and of the Gulag, the world of the totalitarianism, the world of meaninglessness, in order to show 'how meaning can be created against a background of meaninglessness' (p.
India, June 27 -- Like a ship without its engines and also without its compass, Amnesty International is adrift in the vast sea of meaninglessness and incoherence.
The complex colours and designs highlight the social values changing in the search for the basic meaning, beyond the chaos of the everyday and the meaninglessness of it all.
Burns, My Dad and Me Monday, BBC1 There was a moment, amid all the swirling tartan cringe, when this documentary captured what could be considered the true essence of a song we've oversung into meaninglessness.
It is he whose observations chiefly create Daoud's careful analysis of the psychological state consequent to displacement, a state of baffled meaninglessness, of hope apparently infinitely deferred, of unhealthy obsessions divorced from reality.
Clearly, what is required is of another order, something that can no longer be postponed in the current war between those who insist on meaninglessness and those who desire to bridge gaps.
According to Jaeggi, renewed attention to the concept of alienation is necessary because prevailing ethical theories provide little help in understanding a variety of contemporary phenomena best understood as forms of self-estrangement: meaninglessness, indifference, an inability to identify with one's own desires and actions.