in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cance | \ˌin(t)-sig-ˈni-fi-kən(t)s \

Definition of insignificance 

: the quality or state of being insignificant

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Examples of insignificance in a Sentence

a tabloid newspaper devoted to people and events of astonishing insignificance

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Feeling the sting of insignificance—rare in this age of narcissism—while observing the migration of 1.5 million wildebeests. Digesting the necessary cruelty of the hyena kill. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "18 Summers: The Ultimate Guide to Not Wasting a Single Vacation With Your Kids," 20 July 2018 All of Salah's awards will pale into insignificance compared to the Champions League, which Liverpool could win for the first time since 2005., "Mohamed Salah Named Premier League Player of the Season," 13 May 2018 Instead, in a giddy bubble of insignificance, the young parties are bustling through the political motions, setting up party headquarters, creating logos and drafting bylaws. Julia Wallace, New York Times, "‘Fireflies’ and ‘Ghosts’ in Cambodia Prop Up Facade of Real Election," 11 July 2018 The Nazi subplot, central to Kaplan's book, also melts away into insignificance here. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damascus Cover': Film Review," 4 July 2018 The polarized views of the candidates in the runoff show that partisan loyalties have shifted, and traditional Liberal and Conservative parties have now all but dwindled into insignificance. Time, "The Most Surprising Aspect of Colombia's Election Wasn't Who Won," 20 June 2018 For reasons not readily apparent, grappling with his own cosmic insignificance makes a Weird Dad more invested in seemingly trivial matters, not less. Jen Gann, The Cut, "Watching My Husband Become a Weird Dad," 14 June 2018 Mirabelli responded to that accusation stating that Raiola had become a 'small man' one of insignificance to the Italian giants., "'One Day I’ll Become a Big Man': Mino Raiola Admits Strained Relationship With AC Milan," 31 Jan. 2018 All problems of local [U.S.] industry pale into insignificance in relation to the world crisis. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump America Isn’t Going to the G7 to Make Friends (or Keep Them)," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of insignificance

1699, in the meaning defined above

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in·​sig·​nif·​i·​cance | \ˌin-sig-ˈni-fi-kəns \

Kids Definition of insignificance

: the quality or state of being unimportant

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