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A non-event is an anticipated or highly publicized event that either does not occur or turns out to be anticlimactic, boring, or a hoax. Non-events tends to be disappointing because they are often hyped prior to their occurrence.

"an expected event that fails to take place or to satisfy expectations" or "an often highly publicized event of little intrinsic interest or significance

— Merriam-Webster[1]

Other uses[edit]

In psychology, non-events refer to actual omissions in a series of similar stimuli, i.e. absences or non-appearances.

Notable non-events[edit]

Notable non-events include:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Nonevent - Definition and More from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary". 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2014-02-27.