nonsense

nonsense
non|sense
S3 [ˈnɔnsəns US ˈna:nsens] n [U]
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1¦(stupid/untrue)¦
2¦(annoying behaviour)¦
3¦(without meaning)¦
4 make (a) nonsense of something
5 nonsense poems/verse/rhymes
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1.) ¦(STUPID/UNTRUE)¦
ideas, opinions, statements etc that are not true or that seem very stupid
British Equivalent: rubbish
'I'm a prisoner in my own home.' 'Nonsense!'
absolute/utter/complete nonsense
'Nobody cares about me.' 'That's absolute nonsense, Mary!'
nonsense about
all this nonsense about health foods
If you ask me, these modern teaching methods are a load of nonsense (=a lot of nonsense) .
He was talking utter nonsense as usual.
be a nonsense BrE
The government's housing policy is a nonsense.
By 1832 the idea had become an economic nonsense.
it is (a) nonsense to do sth
It is nonsense to say that mistakes are never made.
2.) ¦(ANNOYING BEHAVIOUR)¦
behaviour that is stupid and annoying
You're to stop that nonsense , do you hear me?
not stand/put up with/take any nonsense
(=not accept such behaviour)
She won't stand any nonsense from the kids in her class.
3.) ¦(WITHOUT MEANING)¦
speech or writing that has no meaning or cannot be understood
Computer programs look like complete nonsense to me.
4.) make (a) nonsense of sth
BrE to make an action, system, or plan useless or ineffective
Having the army still in power makes a nonsense of last year's elections.
5.) nonsense poems/verse/rhymes
poetry that is humorous because it does not have a normal sensible meaning

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  • NONSENSE — « A piece of nonsense », c’est en anglais courant une bêtise, une absurdité: un «non sens» bien sûr; et pourtant, le terme anglais a une richesse spécifique. Anglais d’abord parce que la langue anglaise en est le lieu sonore d’élection; ainsi les …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Nonsense — es una figura literaria que puede ser en verso o en prosa, que busca generar, juegos de palabras que trasgreden las formas comunes de la sintaxis y la semántica, juegos que resultan extraños, comúnmente humorísticos y absurdos. Literalmente… …   Wikipedia Español

  • nonsense — nonsense, twaddle, drivel, bunk, balderdash, poppycock, gobbledygook, trash, rot, bull are comparable when they mean something said or proposed which is senseless or absurd. Nonsense is the most general of these terms; it may be referred to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • nonsense — Uses of nonsense as a countable noun (i.e. preceded by a or in the plural) have become common in current use, especially in BrE: • I knew you d make a nonsense of it so I told Wallis to be ready to take over L. Cooper, 1960 • I could only pray… …   Modern English usage

  • Nonsense — Non sense, n. [Pref. non + sense: cf. F. nonsens.] 1. That which is not sense, or has no sense; words, or language, which have no meaning, or which convey no intelligible ideas; absurdity. [1913 Webster] 2. Trifles; things of no importance. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nonsense — index jargon (unintelligible language), platitude Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • nonsense — / nɑnsəns/, it. / nɔnsens/ s. e agg. ingl. [propr. sciocchezza , comp. di non non e sense senso ], usato in ital. come s.m. e agg., invar. ■ s.m. [cosa insensata, assurda e sim.: quello che dici è un n. ] ▶◀ assurdità, insensatezza, nonsenso.… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • nonsense — (n.) 1610s, from NON (Cf. non ) + SENSE (Cf. sense); perhaps influenced by Fr. nonsens …   Etymology dictionary

  • nonsense — |nònsénce| s. m. Aquilo que é contrário à razão ou ao bom senso. = ABSURDO   ‣ Etimologia: palavra inglesa …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • nonsense — [n] craziness, ridiculousness absurdity, babble, balderdash*, baloney*, bananas*, bombast, bull*, bunk*, claptrap*, drivel, fatuity, flightiness, folly, foolishness, fun, gibberish, giddiness, hogwash*, hooey*, hot air*, imprudence, inanity,… …   New thesaurus

  • nonsense — ► NOUN 1) words that make no sense. 2) foolish or unacceptable behaviour. 3) an absurd or unthinkable scheme, situation, etc. DERIVATIVES nonsensical adjective nonsensically adverb …   English terms dictionary

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