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insignificance

[in-sig-nif-i-kuh ns] /ˌɪn sɪgˈnɪf ɪ kəns/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being insignificant; lack of importance or consequence.
Origin
1690-1700
1690-1700; insignific(ancy) + -ance
Related forms
self-insignificance, noun
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Examples for insignificance
  • The ever expanding universe reminds me of the insignificance of all the problems of the world.
  • But this work came at the cost of increasing cultural insignificance.
  • Academic life is increasingly made up of a series of applications, while the applied-for work dwindles toward insignificance.
  • All other character traits pale into insignificance, that is why salespeople have such radically different personalities.
  • It is an awesome show--and one that reminds all of us of the powers of nature and our own insignificance in relation to them.
  • Sports injuries pale into insignificance compared to those caused by motor vehicles in one way or another.
  • Judge of the splendor of a nation, by the insignificance of great individuals in it.
  • They accuse his silence with as much reason as they would blame the insignificance of a dial in the shade.
  • The gentleman said that he should sink into insignificance if he dared not gainsay the principles of these resolutions.
  • The teapot tempest that was precipitated by his bus-playing virtuosity has faded into the insignificance it deserves.
Word Origin and History for insignificance
n.

1690s, from insignificant + -ance. Related: Insignificancy (1650s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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