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non·en·ti·ty

 (nŏn-ĕn′tĭ-tē)
n. pl. non·en·ti·ties
1. A person regarded as being of no importance or significance.
2. Nonexistence.
3. Something that does not exist or that exists only in the imagination.

nonentity

(ˌnɒnˈɛntɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. an insignificant person or thing
2. a nonexistent thing
3. the state of not existing; nonexistence

non•en•ti•ty

(nɒnˈɛn tɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. a person or thing of no importance.
2. something that does not exist or exists only in imagination.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonentity - the state of not existing
nonbeing - the state of not being
irreality, unreality - the state of being insubstantial or imaginary; not existing objectively or in fact
nihility, nothingness, nullity, void - the state of nonexistence
impossibility, impossibleness - incapability of existing or occurring
2.nonentity - a person of no influence
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
pip-squeak, small fry, squirt - someone who is small and insignificant
jackanapes, whippersnapper, lightweight - someone who is unimportant but cheeky and presumptuous

nonentity

noun nobody, lightweight (informal), mediocrity, cipher, small fry, non-person, unimportant person She was written off after that as a political nonentity.

nonentity

noun
A totally insignificant person:
Informal: pip-squeak, zero.
Slang: shrimp, zilch.
Translations

nonentity

[nɒˈnentɪtɪ] N (= person) → nulidad f, cero m a la izquierda

nonentity

[nɒˈnɛntɪti] npersonne f insignifiante
Grant came from a family of nonentities → Grant venait d'une famille de gens insignifiants.
She was written off then as a political nonentity → On la considérait alors comme une femme politique insignifiante.non-essential [ˌnɒnɪˈsɛnʃəl] nonessential (US)
adj [services, goods] → non essentiel(le)
n
nonessentials → l'accessoire m

nonentity

n (= person)Nullität f, → unbedeutende Figur

nonentity

[nɒnˈɛntɪtɪ] npersona insignificante, nullità f inv
References in classic literature ?
He was, in truth, a rare phenomenon; so perfect, in one point of view; so shallow, so delusive, so impalpable such an absolute nonentity, in every other.
True, the slavery and abasement in which she held me might have given me (such things often do so) the power to question her with abrupt directness (seeing that,, inasmuch as I figured in her eyes as a mere slave and nonentity, she could not very well have taken offence at any rude curiosity); but the fact was that, though she let me question her, she never returned me a single answer, and at times did not so much as notice me.
Perhaps before he exterminates that unfortunate nonentity he will condescend to give some reasons for the adverse views which he has formed.
It was as if she enjoyed looking forward to something in which nothing, neither an unsympathetic mother, nor the cruel fate which had made her a colourless little nonentity, could prevent her from being the chief performer.
You are a vulgar, silly nonentity, and you shall go back to where you belong, whatever low place you have sprung from, and beg your bread--that is if anybody's charity will have anything to do with you, which I doubt--"
Miss Millward was there, it is true, but she, of course, would be little better than a nonentity.
It is the name of a nonentity, and has no right to a place among first principles.
Intellectually a nonentity," Ossipon pronounced aloud, abandoning suddenly the inward contemplation of Mrs Verloc's bereaved person and business.
It needed the utmost delicacy, the greatest nicety, but she has managed things so that that fool, that conceited baggage, that provincial nonentity, simply because she is the widow of a major, and has come to try and get a pension and to fray out her skirts in the government offices, because at fifty she paints her face (everybody knows it) .
To think for example, a dull faceless nonentity playing a ukelele with shades of George Formby on a bad day received the endorsement of the voters in preference over Seann.
But who employed these two nonentity boneheads in the first place?
BLOOD is thicker than water - and Kelly and Sharon Osbourne weren't going to let a nonentity like Lady Gaga get in the way of their mother-daughter relationship.