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a.1.Having no substance; unsubstantial.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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She saw the carnivore brushed aside as he was almost upon her, and in the instant she realized that no substanceless wraith could thus turn the charge of a maddened lion with brute force greater than the brute's.
Tario maintains that there is no such thing as substance, all being created from the substanceless matter of the brain.
reduced to a substanceless formalism which itself reflects the
"I don't have any appetite for substanceless discussions and negotiations on the Brexit.
That was "from MSNBC" Vigeland mocked, "not a paragraph from Ann Coulter's book, because hey--MSNBC viewers watch their programs to get vitriolic, substanceless, hysterical criticisms of Donald Trump, and by God, they're gonna get it!"
Fittingly, much of the action of the novel takes place against the background of the World's Columbian Exhibition of 1893, a symbol both of man's power to create beauty that competes with that of nature, and of substanceless flash.
While the psychiatric perspective tends to include substanceless addictions in diagnostic classifications (this has already been achieved for Gaming in the recent DSM-5), create new terms associated with the abuse of ICTs (nomophobia, phubbing, vibranxiety, FoMO) and pathologise any excess, other trends warn of the absurdity of this procedure, the effect of which is the overpathologication of everyday life (see Billieux et al., 2015 and all of the following commentaries in the same Journal number).
The diamond is all but destroyed, rendered as an aborted, flattened form--a substanceless shape, more alluded to than convincingly present.
A 2012 article in the Los Angeles Times called the convention a "substanceless media event" (Conventions: Not the taxpayers' party 2012).
Inspiration constitutes the perceptive moment where the artist, as Massumi affirms, sensitively reflects the virtuality and the potentiality inherent in the moving reality, which is actual "what had happened" yet also potential "what might have happened." The creative artistic singularity merges itself into virtuality and expresses the substanceless durationless moment of epiphany; therefore in Joyce's novel Stephen continuously reacts to this moving chaotic reality that confounds the sensible world with his spirituality, erroneously associating its disorienting dynamism with religious guilt and sin, "[i]t was his own soul going forth to experience, unfolding itself sin by sin, [...] quenching its own lights and fires.