• WordNet 3.6
    • n nonsensicality a message that seems to convey no meaning
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A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my dears! Husbands are ridiculous things & are quite unnecessary!” A spinster instructs a group of younger ladies on the unnecessary nature of husbands. The caption says, “Nonsense, my...

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nonsensicality The quality of being nonsensical, or without sense or meaning.
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  • Benjamin Disraeli
    “Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.”
  • Hans Richter
    Hans Richter
    “Your damned nonsense can I stand twice or once, but sometimes always, by God, never.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “American freedom consists largely in talking nonsense.”
  • Charles Lamb
    “'Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and have her nonsense respected.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “The learned fool writes his nonsense in better language than the unlearned, but it is still nonsense.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “There is no subject on which more dangerous nonsense is talked and thought than marriage.”


In literature:

And now I'd better stop talking nonsense, change my clothes, and be off.
"The Marriage of William Ashe" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But there's a great deal in them that seems to me nonsense; perhaps I had better say which I don't understand.
"The Necromancers" by Robert Hugh Benson
I was to have no nonsense about it.
"Somewhere in Red Gap" by Harry Leon Wilson
Have you heard of this nonsense, Olivia?
"Second Plays" by A. A. Milne
What blessed nonsense you and I are talking!
"The Younger Set" by Robert W. Chambers
To my horror and surprise I could neither write nor spell, but put down one word for another, and wrote nonsense.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Dr. Brown says that is nonsense, but I think so all the same.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
What nonsense to be so agitated.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Win had just sense enough left not to blurt out any nonsense about a bank.
"Winnie Childs" by C. N. Williamson
At first it seemed to him a mad, a nonsensical scheme, yet it was one that might so easily be carried out.
"The Imaginary Marriage" by Henry St. John Cooper
There wasn't any ideal nonsense about it.
"A Hoosier Chronicle" by Meredith Nicholson
Remember that you can't fool me, and that I'll have none of your nonsense.
"Sevenoaks" by J. G. Holland
It is generally affectation, and it is always nonsense.
"Doctor Claudius, A True Story" by F. Marion Crawford
It is a great waste of time to talk nonsense; I am not sure that it is not even a sin.
"The Farringdons" by Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
Will you stop your everlasting nonsense and tell us about Truscott?
"Marion's Faith." by Charles King
No nonsense about them.
"Gigolo" by Edna Ferber
The notion left on my mind was that there was a great deal of nonsense about the matter.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
It's nonsense to say I'm a woman-hater, Augusta.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
That's nonsense, isn't it?
"The House of Souls" by Arthur Machen
Did you ever hear of such nonsense?
"Fernley House" by Laura E. Richards

In poetry:

Gluing their pink little snouts
To the grating, mumbling
Such nonsense round about,
"The Runaways/ Les Effares" by Arthur Rimbaud
From early morning-nonsense
With tubs and troughs and strain,
With dampness in the evening
And sunsets in the rain.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak
That ten years' nonsense now is done,
The daily quarrel dirty
Will soon become a war with one
Who held his own for thirty;
"To Sweden" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Faith 'tis nonsense out of measure,
Without ending thus to see
Women forced to taste a pleasure
Which they love as well as we.
"Songs Set To Music: 19. Set" by Matthew Prior
A boy, if he would push his way,
Must learn some nonsense every day;
And cut, to carry out this view,
His wisdom teeth and wisdom too.
"My Dream" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But nonsense piled up mountain-high,
Like snow-drifts hindering and stifling
And half the winter had gone by,
Against all hopes, in petty trifling.
"After the Interval" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

Nonsensical hunting rules do nothing to aid conservation.
Olie Kolzig on Capitals Coach Dale Hunter's no-nonsense style.
No-nonsense Darryl Sutter takes Kings' reins.
New coach Dale Hunter brings no-nonsense approach to the Washington Capitals.
No-nonsense food with a pinch of punk.
Hendo's no-nonsense approach to Fedor.
Use These 4 Cheap, No-Nonsense Ideas.
Mike Tomlin's no-nonsense response in post-Super Bowl interview was predictably unpredictable.
Building no-nonsense rep. Detroit and Southeast Michigan's premier business news and information website.
Charter tackles middle school challenges with young faculties and a no-nonsense attitude.
DA calls man's argument "nonsensical".
Nonsense' to Compare France to Italy, Spain.
The series, like the successful Cook 's Country magazine, approaches food in a practical, no-nonsense way.
There's a no-nonsense utilitarian air here: The decor is limited to big mirrors, big tables, and a couple of big-screen TVs in a big, bland room.
For those craving more nonsense in their lives, the high-def version (with BD-Live) of this parody is a perfect fit.

In science:

First, a generalized abstract nonsense result.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
This pseudo-vector behavior under time reversal seems nonsense and leads us to prefer the unitary scenario.
Negative energies and time reversal in Quantum Field Theory
On the other hand, in the infrared the theory is strongly coupled and a perturbative analysis is nonsense.
String Theory: A Theory of Unification
By abstract nonsense, any functor F : Aff → ShvSet (X ) can be extended uniquely (up to unique isomorphism) to a colimit-preserving functor π∗ : P(Aff ) → ShvSet(X ), where P(Aff ) denotes the category of presheaves of sets on Aff .
Derived Algebraic Geometry V: Structured Spaces
Quite apart from this “general abstract nonsense”, the consistency property also suggests a simple probabilistic construction of Kingman’s coalescent, which we now indicate.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
The category was introduced as “abstract nonsense” by S.
United sight to an algebraic operations and convergence
At first glance, this theorem appears to turn the CRM proposal into nonsense.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
This is nonsense, and hence it cannot be that α = 0.
An equivalent problem to the Twin Prime Conjecture
Bernoulli, use of the expectation-value criterion i produces nonsensical recommendations in game A, which is true also for games B and C.
Menger 1934 revisited
However, using the stellar tachocline as our magnetic field source location for a fully convective star would be nonsensical.
Reevaluating the Mass-Radius Relation for Low-Mass, Main Sequence Stars
The categories for the INEX 2010 XML Mining collection were extracted from the Wikipedia category graph which is noisy and nonsensical at times.
Document Clustering Evaluation: Divergence from a Random Baseline
This question is neither nonsensical nor academic.
Fundamentals of Non-relativistic Collisionless Shock Physics: IV. Quasi-Parallel Supercritical Shocks
We classify adversarial attacks into two classes: 1) Static errors: an omniscient adversary replaces the content of an affected node with nonsensical information only once.
Error Resilience in Distributed Storage via Rank-Metric Codes
Therefore the estimator could give a nonsense result when the number of simulations is too small. T here is a sharp contrast between consistency of the estimators by conventional ABCs and kernel -ABC: conventional ABCs have consistency only in the limit
Kernel Approximate Bayesian Computation for Population Genetic Inferences
People are easily fooled, and are especially easily fooled into reading structure into chaos, reading meaning into nonsense.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test