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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

... under the Constitution, laws or treaties of the United States.[294] Nor does jurisdiction arise simply because an averment of a federal right is made, "if it plainly appears that such averment is not real and substantial, but is without color of merit."[295] The federal question averred may be insubstantial because obviously without merit, or because its unsoundness so clearly results from previous decisions of the Supreme Court as to foreclose the issue and leaves no room for the inference that the questions sought to be ...
— The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation • Edward Corwin

... foretold you, were all spirits, and Are 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 wreck behind. We are such stuff As dreams are made on, and our little life Is ...
— The Heavenly Twins • Madame Sarah Grand

... believe it myself. Not a soul was to be seen. Stare as I would, no human form, living or dead, prostrate or upright, wounded or whole, answered to my gaze. Men, horses, and carts—all were gone! The whole insubstantial pageant had faded, ...
— Mad Shepherds - and Other Human Studies • L. P. Jacks

... a whirl of sensations and recollections that made of the Oxford streets an "insubstantial fairy place," where ...
— Lady Connie • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... English literature. Its beauty is largely due to the hungry eyes with which Bunyan looked at the present world during his progress to the next. If he wrote the greatest allegory in English literature, it is because he was able to give his narrative the reality of a travel-book instead of the insubstantial quality of a dream. He leaves the reader with the feeling that he is moving among real places and real people. As for the people, Bunyan can give even an abstract virtue—still more, an abstract vice—the ...
— The Art of Letters • Robert Lynd

... volatile to remain in the solution or salt of any bottled creed. Like the wandering lights of the Russians, answering to our will-o'-the-wisp, they are the souls of still-born children. There is, for example, the insubstantial and formless but pleasing conception of the Indian Veda. In the Ramayanam the moon is a good fairy, who in giving light in the night assumes a benignant aspect and succours the dawn. In the Vedic ...
— Moon Lore • Timothy Harley

... At his right loomed the gaunt mass of the Gnisi, with its black forests, its bare crags, its foaming ascade, and the crenelated range of the Cornobastone; and finally, climax and cynosure, at the valley's end, Monte Sfiorito, its three snow-covered summits almost insubstantial-seeming, floating forms of luminous pink vapour, in the evening sunshine, against the intense blue of ...
— The Cardinal's Snuff-Box • Henry Harland

... built of stone, the fronts of which were occasionally richly ornamented with mason-work—a circumstance which gave the street an imposing air of dignity and grandeur, of which most English towns are in some measure deprived, by the slight, insubstantial, and perishable quality and appearance of the bricks ...
— Rob Roy, Complete, Illustrated • Sir Walter Scott

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

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