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"nonsense" in British English

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uk   /ˈnɒn.səns/  us   /ˈnɑːn.sens/
B2 [S or U] an ​idea, something said or written, or ​behaviour that is ​silly or ​stupid: This ​report is nonsense and nothing but a ​waste of ​paper. The ​accusations are (​absolute/​complete/​utter) nonsense. Nonsense/Don't talk nonsense! She's ​far too ​ill to ​return to ​work! You mustn't ​upsetyoursister with any more nonsense about ​ghosts. [+ to infinitive] It's (a) nonsense to say that he's too ​old for the ​job. [U] language that cannot be ​understood because it does not ​mean anything: The ​translation of the ​instructions was so ​poor they were just nonsense.

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(Definition of nonsense from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nonsensenoun [U]

 us   /ˈnɑnˌsens, -səns/
foolish words or ​actions: Those accusations are ​pure/​sheer nonsense. What’s all this nonsense about ​quittingschool? Nonsense is also ​language that cannot be ​understood or that has no ​meaning.
adjective [not gradable]  us   /nɑnˈsen·sɪ·kəl/
(Definition of nonsense from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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