noth·​ing·​ness | \ ˈnə-thiŋ-nəs How to pronounce nothingness (audio) \

Definition of nothingness

1 : the quality or state of being nothing: such as
b : utter insignificance
c : death
2 : something insignificant or valueless

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Synonyms & Antonyms for nothingness


dead, deadness, death, grave, lifelessness, sleep


existence, life

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Examples of nothingness in a Sentence

He was staring into nothingness. The sound faded into nothingness.

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Rick Owens asked the Instagram drag star Salvia to consult on an alien makeup look complete with black contact lenses that turned models’ eyes into infinity pools of inky nothingness. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "The Fall Runways Are Full of Bewitching Clothes, So Let’s Explore Fashion’s Obsession With Horror," 27 Mar. 2019 Just a vast perfect nothingness known as the event horizon. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Just Wait Until Fashion Designers Get Their Hands on This Black Hole Picture," 10 Apr. 2019 Sometimes this nothingness seems to gather in the fingers, a lack of sensation that feels implausibly, paradoxically, raw. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "This Month in Books: ‘What Used To Be Me Before the World Buried It’," 10 July 2018 Arguably the most deadly-dull 600 miles of pavement in the vast U.S. Interstate, I-94 is a day’s work of string-straight highway with picturesque nothingness arranged on both sides. Dan Neil, WSJ, "6 Albums Ideal to Listen to on American Road Trips," 26 Oct. 2018 There's a certain satisfaction fighting against entropy in such a simple, straightforward way—taking a disordered world and converting it into a clean, simple nothingness. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Donut County lets you become one with nothingness," 27 Aug. 2018 Perhaps a true zero — meaning absolute nothingness — may have existed in the time before the Big Bang. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The mind-bendy weirdness of the number zero, explained," 5 July 2018 Enter the oasis of numbing nothingness that is Love Island, now in its fourth season on the UK channel ITV. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Why You Should Watch Love Island, the British Reality Dating Show With a New Episode Every Day," 6 July 2018 We kids weren’t supposed to know about the nothingness. Pamela Jane Bell, WSJ, "My Long Recovery From Kindergarten," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of nothingness

circa 1631, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nothingness was circa 1631

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English Language Learners Definition of nothingness

: empty space
: the state of being no longer seen, heard, or felt

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