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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
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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.
Their life becomes meaninglessness and purposeless.
Now notice that Shireen is ostensibly hinting at the existential, somewhat Sartrean, aspect of life, where the inherent meaninglessness of the world perturbs philosophers and thinkers.
So, was that cavalcade of cultural bigwigs who bigged up Steinberg reading meaning where there was none--or, worse, archly teasing meaning from the very fact of meaninglessness? Again, it doesn't matter.
He discusses processes of desistance, the role of isolation in antisocial behavior, the role of powerlessness, the role of norms in reducing criminal behavior, and the need to counter meaninglessness, incorporating parts of an incarcerated man's journal throughout.
Set in Bhopal before and after the Union Carbide tragedy, the meaninglessness of his particular sadness feels even more acute, the scorn of the doctors, friends, and family he turns to for help more understandable.
"I want to be rich to overcome the meaninglessness of life," he said in his four-minute talk.
'It is unpleasant and detrimental and a nuisance which has evolved an anarchy like satiation for Ummah, particularly for freedom movement, as occupant factions are taking undue advantage from this meaninglessness exercise within society,' he said.
But above all, Bronte's Wuthering Heights and Woolf 's The Waves dealt with despair and meaninglessness, although they were conveying a very different perspective.
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.