(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. uselessness, ineffectiveness, fruitlessness, falseness, hollowness, triviality, frivolity, idleness, vanity, emptiness, hopelessness, worthlessness, labor in vain, lost trouble, unprofitableness, purposelessness, pointlessness, meaninglessness, insubstantiality, vainness, bootlessness, falsity, illusion, folly, want of substance, unimportance, carrying water in a sieve, wild-goose chase, sowing the sand, labor of Sisyphus, running around in circles, beating the air, spinning one's wheels, carrying coals to Newcastle.
Ant. importance*, fruitfulness, significance.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) n.
uselessness, pointlessness, emptiness, worthlessness, ineffectiveness, frivolous-ness.
(Roget's Thesaurus II) noun The condition or quality of being useless or ineffective: bootlessness, fruitlessness, una-vailingness, unprofitableness, uselessness, vainness, vanity. See USED, THRIVE.

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