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Insubstantial   /ɪnsəbstˈæntʃəl/  /ɪnsəbstˈænʃəl/   Listen

Lacking material form or substance; unreal.  Synonyms: unreal, unsubstantial.  "An insubstantial mirage on the horizon"
Lacking in nutritive value.  Synonym: jejune.

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"Insubstantial" Quotes from Famous Books

... when the dreaming land was withdrawn under a veil so fine that it had the transparency of water, or when the stone walls, the humble houses and the high ramparts, drenched with mist and with secret sunlight, became insubstantial; days when all the hills were hewn out of one opal; days that had the form of Karva under snow, and the thin blues and violets of the snow. She remembered purely, without thinking, "It was in April that I went away from Steven," or, "It was in November that he married Mary," or ...
— The Three Sisters • May Sinclair

... she danced—and danced a measure she could not have trod without the white satin sash.... Good folk in Bugletown footed it down the cobbled streets, and through paved kitchens; Loveday danced a finer step on insubstantial ether, into realms more vast. Were those realms dark for her, thus violated by her enforced entry of them? Who can say, save those folk of Bugletown who knew that to her first crime she had added a ...
— The White Riband - A Young Female's Folly • Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse

... something like relief in his voice, "you are no insubstantial spirit, damsel. Yet would I fain more ...
— The Panchronicon • Harold Steele Mackaye

... seem to vision in San Carlos' garden, That rises salient in the upper town, His name, and date, and doing, set within A filmy outline like a monument, Which yet is but the insubstantial air. ...
— The Dynasts - An Epic-Drama Of The War With Napoleon, In Three Parts, - Nineteen Acts, And One Hundred And Thirty Scenes • Thomas Hardy

... melted into air, into thin air; And, like the baseless fabric of this vision, The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces, The solemn temples, the great globe itself, Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is ...
— Abraham Lincoln • John Drinkwater

... abyss. Again he heard that Voice: "Henceforth no place remains for active toils, Penance for acts perverse. Inactive sloth Through passive suffering meets its due. On earth That sloth a nothing seemed; a nothing now That chasm whose hollow bars thee from the Blest, Poor slender film of insubstantial air. Self-help is here denied thee; for that cause A twofold term thou need'st of pain love-taught To expiate Love that lacked." That term complete An angel caught him o'er that severing gulf:— Thenceforth he saw his God.' ...
— Legends of the Saxon Saints • Aubrey de Vere

... confined to procedural matters. It can have wider range. Remedies in this field are discretionary and the law not inflexible. If a party seeks to show not only that he did not have an adequate hearing but also that the evidence on which he was condemned was insubstantial, the Court is not compelled to shut its eyes to the state of the evidence in deciding whether, looking at the whole case in perspective, he has been ...
— Judgments of the Court of Appeal of New Zealand on Proceedings to Review Aspects of the Report of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Mount Erebus Aircraft Disaster • Sir Owen Woodhouse, R. B. Cooke, Ivor L. M. Richardson, Duncan

Words linked to "Insubstantial" :   aery, unwholesome, stringy, solidness, ethereal, immaterial, substantialness, jejune, insubstantiality, aerial, wraithlike, unreal, airy, unsubstantial, substantiality, shadowy, substantial, aeriform, nonmaterial

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