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These nouns refer to the state or quality of being significant, influential, or worthy of note or esteem. Importance is the most general term: the importance of a proper diet. Consequence is especially applicable to persons or things of notable rank or position (scholars of consequence) and to what is important because of its possible outcome, result, or effect (tax laws of consequence to investors). Significance and import refer to the quality of something that gives it special meaning or value: an event of real significance; works of great social import. Weight suggests seriousness or authority: "The popular faction at Rome ... was led by men of weight" (J.A. Froude).
- Brittle and meaningless as cocktail party patter —William Brammer
- His influence … it is like burning a … candle at Dover to show light at Calais —Samuel Johnson
Had Johnson been an American living in America instead of an Englishman living in England, his comment on Thomas Sheridan’s influence on English literature might well have illustrated with “A candle in New York to show light in Boston.”
- Hollow as the (ghastly) amiabilities of a college reunion —Raymond M. Weaver
- Impact [of information] … as thin as gold —Raymond Chandler
- (About as) important as a game of golf to an astronomer —Anon
- Important as mathematics to an engineer —Anon
- Inconsequential … like the busy work that grade school teachers devise to keep children out of mischief —Ann Petry
- Insignifacnt as the canals of Mars —Frank Conroy
- Its loss would be incalculable … like losing the Mona Lisa —Dr. Paul Parks, New York Times, August 23, 1986 on potential death of Florida’s Lake Okeechobee
- Meaningful as love —Kenneth Patchen
- Meaningless, like publishing a book of your opinions with a vanity press —Scott Spencer
- Of no more importance than a flea or a louse —Boris Pasternak
In the novel, Doctor Zhivago, a character uses this simile to compare a wife to workers.
- Seemed scarcely to concern us, like fairy tales or cautionary fables that are not to be taken literally or to heart —Joan Chase
- Shallow as a pie pan —Anon
- [A speech] shallow as time —Thomas Carlyle
- Uneventful as theory —A. R. Ammons
- Worthless as withered weeds —Emily Bronte
|Noun||1.||importance - the quality of being important and worthy of note; "the importance of a well-balanced diet"|
value - the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
big deal - anything of great importance or consequence
magnitude - relative importance; "a problem of the first magnitude"
account - importance or value; "a person of considerable account"; "he predicted that although it is of small account now it will rapidly increase in importance"
momentousness - utmost importance
prominence - relative importance
greatness, illustriousness - the property possessed by something or someone of outstanding importance or eminence
significance - the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"
urgency - pressing importance requiring speedy action; "the urgency of his need"
weightiness, weight - the relative importance granted to something; "his opinion carries great weight"; "the progression implied an increasing weightiness of the items listed"
unimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of note
|2.||importance - a prominent status; "a person of importance"|
standing - social or financial or professional status or reputation; "of equal standing"; "a member in good standing"
emphasis, accent - special importance or significance; "the red light gave the central figure increased emphasis"; "the room was decorated in shades of grey with distinctive red accents"
primacy - the state of being first in importance
importance[ɪmˈpɔːtəns] N → importancia f
to be of great/little importance → ser de gran/escasa importancia, tener mucha/poca importancia
to attach great importance to sth → conceder or dar mucha importancia a algo
to be of no importance → carecer de importancia, no tener importancia
to be full of one's own importance → darse ínfulas, creerse muy importante
to be of some importance → ser de cierta importancia, tener cierta importancia
importance[ɪmˈpɔːrtəns] n → importance f
to be of great importance → avoir beaucoup d'importance
to be of great importance to sb → compter beaucoup pour qn
to be of little importance → avoir peu d'importance
a man of some importance → un homme qui compte
someone of importance
Was he related to anyone of importance? → Avait-il une parenté avec une personne importante?