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Word: nonsense

Definition: speech or writing with no meaning; foolish behavior or language; Ex. make (a) nonsense of: spoil; cause to fail


Sentences Containing 'nonsense'

I suppose sense in certain quarters; you suppose mincing bread and butter nonsense.
Mrs. Bennet said only,``Nonsense, nonsense!''
``Do you consider the forms of introduction, and the stress that is laid on them, as nonsense?
With your good sense, to be so honestly blind to the follies and nonsense of others!
Miss Bingley warmly resented the indignity he had received, in an expostulation with her brother for talking such nonsense.
Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies, do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.
``Nonsense,''returned Danglars,``I tell you again I have nothing whatever to do with it; besides, you know very well that I tore the paper to pieces.''
``It is no nonsense; it is quite true.
``Nonsense,''retorted the baroness;``you could not have entertained any alarm on the subject, because you are perfectly well aware that I have had for a month in my service the very best coachman in Paris.
``And who has filled your head with all this nonsense?''
``Nonsense, I am going to set you an example of confidence, they give me 50,000 francs a year to be your son; consequently, you can understand that it is not at all likely I shall ever deny my parent.''
No nonsense, my good fellow; silver simply, round coins with the head of some monarch or other on them.
``Why, what nonsense are you telling us?''
A private teacher could never find his account in teaching either an exploded and antiquated system of a science acknowledged to be useful, or a science universally believed to be a mere useless and pedantic heap of sophistry and nonsense.
Of all Byron's melodious nonsense about Don Quixote, the most nonsensical statement is that "'t is his virtue makes him mad!"
His fancy grew full of what he used to read about in his books, enchantments, quarrels, battles, challenges, wounds, wooings, loves, agonies, and all sorts of impossible nonsense; and it so possessed his mind that the whole fabric of invention and fancy he read of was true, that to him no history in the world had more reality in it.
He told him, and the nonsense he had talked when found and on the way home, all which made the licentiate the more eager to do what he did the next day, which was to summon his friend the barber, Master Nicholas, and go with him to Don Quixote's house.
The truth of the story is that that Master Elisabad whom the madman mentioned was a man of great prudence and sound judgment, and served as governor and physician to the queen, but to suppose that she was his mistress is nonsense deserving very severe punishment; and as a proof that Cardenio did not know what he was saying, remember when he said it he was out of his wits."
Is it possible that all this time thou hast been going about with me thou hast never found out that all things belonging to knights-errant seem to be illusions and nonsense and ravings, and to go always by contraries?
To which Sancho replied, "Write it two or three times there in the book and give it to me, and I will carry it very carefully, because to expect me to keep it in my memory is all nonsense, for I have such a bad one that I often forget my own name; but for all that repeat it to me, as I shall like to hear it, for surely it will run as if it was in print."
Say, thief and vagabond, hast thou not just now told me that this princess had been turned into a maiden called Dorothea, and that the head which I am persuaded I cut off from a giant was the bitch that bore thee, and other nonsense that put me in the greatest perplexity I have ever been in all my life?
The only persons not asleep were the landlady's daughter and her servant Maritornes, who, knowing the weak point of Don Quixote's humour, and that he was outside the inn mounting guard in armour and on horseback, resolved, the pair of them, to play some trick upon him, or at any rate to amuse themselves for a while by listening to his nonsense.
And though it may be the chief object of such books to amuse, I do not know how they can succeed, when they are so full of such monstrous nonsense.
For what greater nonsense can there be in connection with what we are now discussing than for an infant to appear in swaddling clothes in the first scene of the first act, and in the second a grown-up bearded man?
All this tends to the prejudice of the truth and the corruption of history, nay more, to the reproach of the wits of Spain; for foreigners who scrupulously observe the laws of the drama look upon us as barbarous and ignorant, when they see the absurdity and nonsense of the plays we produce.
On this the pair once more lifted up their voices and renewed their maledictions upon the books of chivalry, and implored heaven to plunge the authors of such lies and nonsense into the midst of the bottomless pit.
The chaplain did so, and the governor assured him that the man was still mad, and that though he often spoke like a highly intelligent person, he would in the end break out into nonsense that in quantity and quality counterbalanced all the sensible things he had said before, as might be easily tested by talking to him.
If with these hopes and additional inducements you, Sancho, please to return to my service, well and good; but to suppose that I am going to disturb or unhinge the ancient usage of knight-errantry, is all nonsense.
You were well enough here above in your full senses, such as God had given you, delivering maxims and giving advice at every turn, and not as you are now, talking the greatest nonsense that can be imagined."
But I must be out of my senses to think and utter such nonsense; for it is impossible that a long, white-hooded spectacled duenna could stir up or excite a wanton thought in the most graceless bosom in the world.
Hush, for heaven's sake, be rational and let's have no more nonsense."
I mentioned what they had said about her, and she laughed, and told me they were impudent fellows who talked nonsense--but I knew it pleased her.
The case is so hopeless, and I feel that I am wallowing in such a bog of nonsense, that I give up all idea of getting out, and abandon myself to my fate.
I remember that I thought a good deal, and in an uneasy sort of way, about Mr. Peggotty having said that she was getting on to be a woman; but I decided that was nonsense.
observed my mother, rousing herself from a reverie, 'what nonsense you talk!'
She talks such nonsense about its being necessary for the day to be aired, before I come out.
The duke bristles up now, and says: "Oh, let UP on this cussed nonsense; do you take me for a blame' fool?
'My dear tutor,' said I (now, really, without any nonsense), 'to whom I owe more obligations already than I ever can acknowledge--' 'No, no,' interposed the Doctor.
'It would be better for yourself, and all of us, if you WERE mercenary, Mr. Copperfield--I mean, if you were more discreet and less influenced by all this youthful nonsense.
He had assured her, he said, that it was all nonsense; and he had nothing more to say to her.
My old troubles were nonsense, and now they are serious; but whenever I have gone away from my adopted sister--' Agnes looked up--with such a Heavenly face!--and gave me her hand, which I kissed.
'Now, my own Dora,' said I, 'you are very childish, and are talking nonsense.
'My dearest,' I remonstrated, 'don't talk preposterous nonsense!
This sounded nonsense to Alice, so she said nothing, but set off at once towards the Red Queen.
That would be nonsense--' The Red Queen shook her head, 'You may call it "nonsense" if you like,' she said, 'but I'VE heard nonsense, compared with which that would be as sensible as a dictionary!'
'I know they're talking nonsense,' Alice thought to herself: 'and it's foolish to cry about it.'
This sounded nonsense, but Alice very obediently got up, and carried the dish round, and the cake divided itself into three pieces as she did so.
But she couldn't help thinking to herself, 'What dreadful nonsense we ARE talking!'
But joking aside, though; do you know, Rose-bud, that it's all nonsense trying to get any oil out of such whales?
According to this little plan of theirs, the Guernsey-man, under cover of an interpreter's office, was to tell the Captain what he pleased, but as coming from Stubb; and as for Stubb, he was to utter any nonsense that should come uppermost in him during the interview.

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