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Roget category 643

5. Words relating to the voluntary powers
5.2. Prospective volition
›› 5.2.2. Subservience to ends

#643. Unimportance


unimportance, insignificance, nothingness, immateriality.
triviality, levity, frivolitypaltriness etc. adj. — povertysmallness etc. 32vanity etc. (uselessness) 645matter of indifference etc. 866no object.
nothing, nothing to signify, nothing worth speaking of, nothing particular, nothing to boast of, nothing to speak ofsmall matter, no great matter, trifling matter etc. adj. — mere joke, mere nothinghardly anythingscarcely anythingnonentity, small beer, cipherno great shakes, peu de chose [Fr.]child's play, kinderspiel.
toy, plaything, popgun, paper pellet, gimcrack, gewgaw, bauble, trinket, bagatelle, Rickshaw, knickknack, whim-wham, trifle, trifles light as air —" yankee notions [U.S.].
trumpery, trash, rubbish, stuff, fatras, fripperyleather or prunello —" chaff, drug, froth bubble smoke, cobwebweedrefuse etc. (inutility) 645scum etc. (dirt) 653.
joke, jest, snap of the fingersfudge etc. (unmeaning) 517fiddlestick, fiddlestick endpack of nonsense, mere farce.
straw, pin, fig, button, rushbulrush, feather, halfpenny, farthing, brass farthing, doit, peppercorn, jot, rap, pinch of snuff, old soncent, mill, picayune, pistareen, red cent [U.S.].
minutiae, details, minor details, small frydust in the balance, feather in the scale, drop in the ocean, flea-bite, molehill.
nine days' wonder, ridiculus mus [Lat.]flash in the pan etc. (impotence) 158 much ado about nothing etc. (overestimation) 482.


be unimportant etc. adj. — not matter etc. 642go for nothing, matter nothing, signify nothing, matter little, matter little or nothingnot matter a straw etc. n.. make light of etc. (underestimate) 483catch at straws etc. (overestimate) 482.


unimportantof little account, of small account, of no account, of little importance, of no importance etc. 642immaterialunessential, nonessentialindifferent.
subordinate etc. (inferior) 34mediocre etc. (average) 29 passable, fair, respectable, tolerable, commonplaceuneventful, mere, commonordinary etc. (habitual) 613inconsiderable, so-so, insignificant, inappreciable.
trifling, trivialslight, slender, light, flimsy, frothy, idlepuerile etc. (foolish) 499airy, shallowweak etc. 160powerless etc. 158frivolous, petty, nigglingpiddling, peddlingfribble, inane, ridiculous, farcicalfinical, finikinfiddle-faddle, fingle-fangle, namby-pamby, wishy-washy, milk and water.
poor, paltry, pitifulcontemptible etc. (contempt) 930sorry, mean, meager, shabby, miserable, wretched, vile, scrubby, scrannel, weedy, niggardly, scurvy, putid, beggarly, worthless, twopennyhalfpenny, cheap, trashy, catchpenny, gimcrack, trumperyone-horse [U.S.].
not worth the pains, not worth while, not worth mentioning, not worth speaking of, not worth a thought, not worth a curse, not worth a straw etc. n. — beneath notice, unworthy of notice, beneath regard, unworthy of regard, beneath consideration, unworthy of consideration de lana caprina [It]vain etc. (useless) 645.


slightly etc. adj. — rather, somewhat, pretty well, tolerably.
for aught one cares.


no matter!, pish!, tush!, tut!, pshaw! , pugh!, pooh, pooh-pooh!, fudge!, bosh!, humbug!, fiddlestick, fiddlestick end! , fiddlededee!, never mind!, n'importe! [Fr.], what signifies it, what boots it, what of it, what of that, what matter, what's the odds, a fig for', stuff!, nonsense!, stuff and nonsense,


magno conatu magnas nugas [Lat.]le jeu ne vaut pas la chandelle [Fr.]it matters not, it does not signifyit is of no consequence, it is of no importance elephantus non capit murem [Lat.]tempete dans un verre d'eau [Fr.].

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