AskDefine | Define worthlessness

The Collaborative Dictionary

Worthless \Worth"less\, a. [AS. weor[eth]le['a]s.] Destitute of worth; having no value, virtue, excellence, dignity, or the like; undeserving; valueless; useless; vile; mean; as, a worthless garment; a worthless ship; a worthless man or woman; a worthless magistrate. [1913 Webster] 'T is a worthless world to win or lose. --Byron. [1913 Webster] -- Worth"less*ly, adv. -- Worth"less*ness, n. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

worthlessness

Noun

1 having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful; "the drill sergeant's intent was to convince all the recruits of their worthlessness" [ant: worth]
2 the quality of being without practical use

English

Noun

  1. The quality of lacking worth, of being valueless, useless or devoid of benefit.
    1905 ''This sort of fat instead of indicating health points to disease. This general teaching as to the worthlessness of alcohol as a food had been set forth by the leaders in medical profession, and accepted largely by the rank and file of practitioners for about twenty-five years. — Carry Nation, The Use and Need of the Life of Carry A. Nation'', Chapter 28.
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