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nonce1 / näns/ • adj. (of a word or expression) coined for or used on one occasion: a nonce usage. PHRASES: for the nonce for the present; temporarily: the room had been converted for the nonce into a nursery. nonce2 • n. Brit., inf. a person convicted of a sexual offense, esp. child molesting.

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nonce phr. for the nonce †for the particular purpose, expressly XII; for the occasion, for the time being XVI. ME. for þe nanes, alt. (by misdivision) of for þen anes, f. (with advb. -s) *for þen ane ‘for the one (purpose)’; cf. ONCE.

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nonce (of a word or expression) coined for one occasion. The word derives (in Middle English) from then anes ‘the one (purpose)’, from then (obsolete form of the) + ane ‘one’, altered by misdivision.

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nonceaskance, expanse, finance, Hans, Hanse, manse, nance, Penzance, Romance •underpants • happenstance •advance, Afrikaans, à outrance, chance, dance, enhance, entrance, faience, France, glance, lance, mischance, outdance, perchance, prance, Provence, stance, trance •nuance • tap-dance • square dance •freelance • convenance •cense, commence, common sense, condense, dense, dispense, expense, fence, hence, Hortense, immense, offence (US offense), pence, prepense, pretence (US pretense), sense, spence, suspense, tense, thence, whence •ring-fence • recompense •frankincense •chintz, convince, evince, Linz, mince, Port-au-Prince, prince, quince, rinse, since, Vince, wince •province •bonce, ensconce, nonce, ponce, response, sconce •séance • pièce de résistance •announce, bounce, denounce, flounce, fluid ounce, jounce, mispronounce, ounce, pounce, pronounce, renounce, trounce •dunce, once

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