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noun nonsense pronunciation in British English /ˈnɒns(ə)ns/
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  1. 1
    [singular/uncountable] ideas, behaviour, or statements that are not true or sensible

    So you believe the nonsense about ghosts?

    it is nonsense to do something:

    It is nonsense to say that they’re not paid enough.

    it is nonsense for someone to do something:

    It is nonsense for her to say you’re not qualified.

    absolute/utter/complete/total nonsense:

    These accusations are absolute nonsense.

    a load of nonsense:

    That’s a load of nonsense.

    talk nonsense:

    I think he was talking nonsense!

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  2. 2
    [uncountable] unreasonable or annoying behaviour

    Come on, no nonsense. Put that coat on and don’t argue.

    not stand/put up with/take (any) nonsense:

    I don’t stand any nonsense from anybody.

  3. 3
    [uncountable] [only before noun] nonsense words or sounds seem like ordinary words but they have no meaning

    a nonsense poem



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