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Definition of nonsense noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈnɑnsəns//
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  1. 1ideas, statements, or beliefs that you think are ridiculous or not true Reports that he has resigned are nonsense. You're talking nonsense! “I won't go.” “Nonsense! You must go!” It's nonsense to say they don't care. He has dismissed the rumors of a bribery scandal as nonsense.
  2. 2silly or unacceptable behavior The new teacher won't stand for any nonsense. I can't wait for this nonsense to end so that we can all be friends again. see also no-nonsense
  3. 3spoken or written words that have no meaning or make no sense Most of the translation he did for me was complete nonsense. a book of children's nonsense poems
  4. Idioms
    make nonsense of something
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    to reduce the value of something by a lot; to make something seem ridiculous If people can bribe police officers, it makes complete nonsense of the legal system. The unemployment figures make nonsense of talk of an economic recovery.
    stuff and nonsense exclamation (old-fashioned) (informal)
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    used by some people to say that they think that something is stupid or not true
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