Antonyms for nonce

Grammar : Noun
Spell : nons
Phonetic Transcription : nɒns

Definition of nonce

Origin :
  • abstracted from phrase for þe naness (c.1200) "for a special occasion, for a particular purpose," itself a misdivision (see N for other examples) of for þan anes "for the one," in reference to a particular occasion or purpose, the þan being from Middle English dative definite article þam (see the). The phrase used from early 14c. as an empty filler in metrical composition. As an adjective from 1884.
  • As in present : noun existing time
Example sentences :
  • The "Nonce" said that you caught him up in a line he had misquoted.'
  • Extract from : « Gerald Fitzgerald » by Charles James Lever

Synonyms for nonce

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