(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Lack of substance
1. (lacking substance) insubstantiality; nothingness, nihility; nothing, naught, nil, nullity, zero, cipher, no one, nobody; never a one; no such thing, none in the world; nothing whatever, nothing at all, nothing on earth; not a particle (see littleness); all talk, moonshine, stuff and nonsense; shadow; phantom; dream (see imagination); ignis fatuus; [thin] air; bubble; mockery; hollowness, blank, void (see absence); inanity, fool's paradise. Slang, goose egg. See nonexistence, unimportance.
2. (lack of material being) immateriality, immaterialness, intangibility; in-corporeality, disembodiment; spirit, soul, ego; spiritualism, spirituality.
Verbs — immaterialize, dematerialize; disembody, spiritualize (see disappearance).
Adjectives — insubstantial, unsubstantial; bodiless, incorporeal, spiritual, immaterial, intangible, unearthly; psychical, supernatural; visionary, imaginary (see imagination); dreamy; shadowy, ethereal, aerial, airy, spectral; weightless; vacant, vacuous, empty (see absence), blank, hollow; nominal, null; inane.
Quotations — All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream (Edgar Allan Poe), We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep (Shakespeare), Nothingness haunts being (J. P. Sartre).
Antonyms, see substance.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The condition of being infirm or physically weak: debility, decrepitude, delicacy, delicateness, feebleness, flimsiness, fragileness, fragility, frailness, frailty, infirmity, puniness, unsoundness, unsubstantially, weakliness, weakness. See STRONG.

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