meaninglessness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n meaninglessness the quality of having no value or significance "he resented the meaninglessness of the tasks they assigned him"
    • n meaninglessness a message that seems to convey no meaning
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 27 percent of U.S. male college students believe life is "a meaningless existential hell." (big surprise, eh?)
    • n meaninglessness The character of being meaningless, or without significance or import.
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Quotations

  • Hannah Arendt
    Hannah%20Arendt
    “Action without a name, a who attached to it, is meaningless.”
  • British Board of Film
    British Board of Film
    “This film is apparently meaningless, but if it has any meaning it is doubtless objectionable.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    Aldous%20Huxley
    “Specialized meaninglessness has come to be regarded, in certain circles, as a kind of hall-mark of true science.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    Robert%20H.%20Schuller
    “If there exists no possibility of failure, then victory is meaningless.”
  • Aristotle Onassis
    Aristotle Onassis
    “After a certain point, money is meaningless. It ceases to be the goal. The game is what counts.”
  • Chuck Knox
    Chuck Knox
    “Practice without improvement is meaningless.”

Usage

In literature:

Antonyms: insignificant, unimportant, meaningless.
"Putnam's Word Book" by Louis A. Flemming
A clamour that had at first been merely noisy and meaningless, began now to gain an effect.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
His practical mind revolted against the gross ignorance and meaningless asceticism of Egypt.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
The subject of turning eggs is another source of rather meaningless controversy.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
Blooming - A meaningless and greatly used adjective.
"A Yankee in the Trenches" by R. Derby Holmes
What symptoms she exhibited were meaningless even to Scattergood.
"Scattergood Baines" by Clarence Budington Kelland
To the men of the Desert, doubt and beauty mingled in this fashion seemed meaningless.
"Hills and the Sea" by H. Belloc
Reading in which the contact of minds is of secondary importance, or even cuts no figure at all, is meaningless and valueless.
"A Librarian's Open Shelf" by Arthur E. Bostwick
Somehow, he could not feign ignorance as to what she meant, neither could he use meaningless words to her.
"Story of Chester Lawrence" by Nephi Anderson
He held her form tenderly to his heart, murmuring senseless, meaningless words of comfort and love, like a mother crooning her babe to sleep.
"One Day" by Anonymous
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In poetry:

They cannot think of so many crops to a field
Or of clean wood cleft by an axe.
Their love is an eager meaninglessness
Too tense, or too lax.
"Women" by Louise Bogan
Do you want the jingle of rhythm and rhyme?
Art's sweet but meaningless notes?
Or the music of thought, that, like the chime
Of a grand cathedral, floats
"A Christmas Chant" by Abram Joseph Ryan
Nothing to them were the hopes of a nation;
"Czar" and "Mikado" were meaningless sounds;
None of the patriot's deep inspiration
Softened the agony caused by their wounds.
"The Unforgotten Heroes" by John Lawson Stoddard
Not meaningless, not merely vast,
Nor crudely modern in design,
But something suited to thy past,--
For highest art a hallowed shrine,
A classic home of long ago,
The Tusculum of Cicero.
"Isola Comacina" by John Lawson Stoddard
What presses about us here in the evening
As you open a window and stare at a stone-gray sky,
And the streets give back the jangle of meaningless movement
That is tired of life and almost too tired to die.
"Waters Of Babylon" by Louis Untermeyer
This way have men come out of brutishness
To spell the letters of the sky and read
A reflex upon earth else meaningless.
With thee, O fount of the Untimed! to lead,
Drink they of thee, thee eyeing, they unaged
Shall on through brave wars waged.
"Hymn To Colour" by George Meredith

In news:

The say that New York is not the city it once was is a statement so obvious and oft-repeated that it is all but meaningless.
Why play Messi in meaningless game.
Obama's money gap: Incompetence , incumbency or meaningless.
Don't tell David Biggar that personal relationships in business are meaningless, as a former boss of his once did.
Phil Mendelson is the new chairman, and Michael Brown now has the near-meaningless second-in-command title of Chairman Pro Tempore.
Hey, at least in the NBA he didn't have to worry about somebody trying to take his head off during a meaningless exhibition.
National political conventions, criticized in recent years for being meaningless, expensive rubber stamp for preordained presidential nominations, could usually be counted on for one thing.
Francesa way off on college hoops regular season being meaningless .
College basketball's regular season is meaningless and ESPN's TipOff Marathon is evil.
Jill Kelley Loses Meaningless Honorary Consul Title.
Benevides pleased with Lions' tune-up in ' meaningless ' win before playoffs.
Wall Street and Sandy, Obama-Christie example, 'Do not call' meaningless .
HELCO PUC hearing meaningless without more fiscal disclosure.
Cyber dominance meaningless without skilled workforce.
Mitt Romney's Meaningless Retirement Date.
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In science:

Unfortunately, unlike the one-dimensional case, in multiple dimensions there is no natural order definition and terms such as “past” and “future” are meaningless unless defined with respect to a specific order.
The Rank of the Covariance Matrix of an Evanescent Field
For the purposes of this paper this is of no concern because we are looking at the local volume operator which is not spatially diffeomorphism invariant so that expectation value calculations with respect to spatially diffeomorphism invariant coherent states are meaningless.
Semiclassical analysis of the Loop Quantum Gravity volume operator: I. Flux Coherent States
Moreover, this framework allows us to state and prove results that are either unnatural or altogether meaningless in the first order case.
Lovely pairs of models: the non first order case
Of course, they have no reason to be saturated as models of their first-order theory, and when they are not, this first-order theory is rather meaningless.
Lovely pairs of models: the non first order case
Worse still, if Mn consisted only of an,1 then Q Mi/U would be empty, making the na¨ıve interpretation of quantifiers meaningless.
Continuous first order logic for unbounded metric structures
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