Definition of non-being in English:



mass noun
  • The state of not being; non-existence.

    ‘the idea that unconsciously we all long for death, for non-being’
    • ‘The ceremonial elements of his late works, though unmistakable, strove to dissolve the barriers between being and non-being, between activity and nature, between man and God.’
    • ‘Being and non-being will merge and be complementary to each other.’
    • ‘We are scared because of our notions of birth and death, increasing and decreasing, being and non-being.’
    • ‘Like Laurel Schneider, Anne-Marie Korte establishes that the question of the subject arises not from fear of non-being but from a quest for being.’
    • ‘It slipped from the screen, back into non-being, and shall not be seen again by any soul in this world.’
    • ‘We cannot, in his view, evade the radical Otherness of non-being; hence the obligation of the living is to fight for life at all costs.’
    • ‘One of the first things to go was metaphysics, a branch of philosophy that deals with questions of being and non-being.’
    • ‘Man's only hope lies in ‘final redemption from the misery of volition and existence into the painlessness of non-being and non-willing.’’
    • ‘For many people, the fear of non-being, of no longer existing, is the chief reason to fear death.’
    oblivion, non-existence, non-life
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