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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The platform is optimized to make the nonevent of its own exaggerated demise seem significant. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 22 Nov. 2022 The scramble produced a range of reports — sloppy and incomplete, for the most part — that amplified the nonevent and, yes, exposed Sandmann to ridicule. Erik Wemple, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 On the other, an online release usually registers as a nonevent, and many of the great movies hardly make a blip on the mediascape despite being more accessible than ever. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 2 Dec. 2021 For intensive renders and games, that means noisy fans spinning up to keep the CPU and GPU cool, resulting in the notorious laptop hum: a cardinal sin in some settings and a total nonevent in others. Lynne Peskoe-yang, Popular Mechanics, 27 May 2021 By suggesting it, Len had communicated his desire to make the reunion between us a nonevent. Morgan Thomas, The Atlantic, 16 May 2021 Wednesday’s storms were a nonevent for much of Connecticut, where a couple of hours of heavy rain was followed by sunshine and cold. Russell Blair,, 22 Apr. 2021 There has also been one major nonevent: the Biden presidential noncampaign. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 28 Oct. 2020 That was his message to me after Miami’s first-round sweep of the Indiana Pacers, when Butler’s forceful play turned what was supposed to be a heated showdown against the Pacers’ T.J. Warren into a nonevent. Marc Stein, New York Times, 14 Oct. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1936, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonevent was in 1936

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“Nonevent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

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