non·​event ˈnän-i-ˌvent How to pronounce nonevent (audio)
: an expected event that fails to take place or to satisfy expectations
: an often highly publicized event of little intrinsic interest or significance
: an occurrence that is officially ignored

Examples of nonevent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Kremlin has treated Navalny’s death as a nonevent, although tens of thousands in Moscow and other cities, overcoming fear of repression, expressed their grief in public and chanted Navalny’s name. Michael Kimmage, Foreign Affairs, 13 Mar. 2024 And on Friday, as thousands gathered in the Russian capital for Mr. Navalny’s funeral, cheering his name, official Moscow acted as if the remembrance was a nonevent. Oleg Matsnev, New York Times, 3 Mar. 2024 Every day, police officers respond to reports of all sorts of events and nonevents, most of which never make the news. Emily Sweeney,, 21 July 2023 When Amy cuts off Danny in a parking lot of a big-box store, what could have been a nonevent turns into a high-speed car chase with a side of property damage. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2023 But the demise of Silvergate, which returned all of its customers’ deposits, is a nonevent in light of the fact SVB is 20 times as big, and that other SVB-size banks are on the ropes, too. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune Crypto, 10 Mar. 2023 The witness’s outfit was a nonevent. New York Times, 30 June 2022 In those places, tax day is a nonevent. Evan Halper, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2021 This is the sad Oscars, a memorial service for a nonevent of a season on an evening that’s most likely to be remembered for the grief of a Best Actor tribute to Chadwick Boseman, gone much too soon in a year in which hundreds of thousands of Americans were also gone much too soon. Mark Harris, Vulture, 26 Mar. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of nonevent was in 1936

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“Nonevent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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