indifferent

ndifferent 1 Indifferent, unconcerned, incurious, aloof, detached, uninterested, disinterested mean not feeling or showing interest, especially natural or normal interest.
Indifferent is often used in place of the other and more specific terms. It may imply neutrality of attitude arising either from a lack of bias, prejudice, or predilection when two or more persons or things are considered or from a lack of feeling for or against a particular person or thing
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it is impossible to remain indifferent to political parties when great issues are at stake

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he was . . . exceedingly difficult to please, not . . . because he was hypercritical and exacting, but because he was indifferentBennett

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nature had no sympathy with our hopes and fears, and was completely indifferent to our fate— L. P. Smith

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Unconcerned implies indifference such as arises from unconsciousness, insensitiveness, or selfishness which prevents one from being moved, worried, or made solicitous
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convincing the unconcerned, the apathetic, and the downright hostile— Fine

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readers unconcerned with style and philosophical illumination— Cor dell

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Incurious implies indifference arising from a lack of intellectual interest or normal curiosity; it often suggests incapacity because of temperament or state of mind
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why . . . are we, as a race, so incurious, irresponsive and insensitive— Woolf

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the incurious ignorance of the poor about the diseases among which they live— Edmund Wilson

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Aloof and especially its derivative aloofness stress indifference that is the natural result of feeling apart or at a distance from someone or something (as from temperamental reserve, a sense of superiority, or an aversion to the inferior)
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young people . . . tend to become arrogant and hard, ignorant of the problems of adult life, and quite aloof from their parents— Russell

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it nerved him to break through the awe-inspiring aloofness of his captain— Conrad

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Detached often implies a commendable aloofness which is the result of freedom from prejudices or of selfish concern for one's personal interests
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the . . . frigid and detached spirit which leads to success in the study of astronomy or botany— Chesterton

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Sometimes it distinctively suggests a point of view or way of looking at persons or things as though they bear no relation to one's own life
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Rome contemplated the spectacle with the detached, intelligent amusement of the . . . theatergoer— Rose Macaulay

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he had been detached and impersonal about the great facts of life— Webb

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Uninterested is the most neutral of these terms and in itself suggests nothing beyond the fact of a lack of interest
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aware of nature as uninterested in him, yet able to feed or crush him— Kelman

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Disinterested though increasingly interchangeable with uninterested, in its more discriminative use suggests a freedom from thought of personal advantage or interest that permits one to detect the truth, to tell the truth, or to judge truly
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a disinterested observer

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will teach that one disinterested deed of hope and faith may crown a brief and broken life with deathless fame— Eliot

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although there are many things in which I am uninterested, I cannot be disinterested about the things in which I am interested— Lowrie

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a disinterested historian

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Analogous words: impartial, unbiased, dispassionate, *fair: apathetic, *impassive, phlegmatic: *cool, nonchalant
Antonyms: avid
Contrasted words: *eager, keen, agog: sympathetic, responsive, compassionate (see TENDER): *antipathetic, unsympathetic, averse
2 average, moderate, *medium, middling, fair, mediocre, second-rate
Analogous words: ordinary, *common
Antonyms: choice
Contrasted words: exquisite, rare, recherché (see CHOICE): superlative, surpassing, peerless, *supreme
3 *neutral, negative

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  • indifférent — indifférent, ente [ ɛ̃diferɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1314; lat. indifferens I ♦ (Choses et personnes) 1 ♦ (1633) Sans intérêt, sans importance, de peu de conséquence. Parler de choses indifférentes (cf. De la pluie et du beau temps). Impers. « Il n est… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • indifférent — indifférent, ente (in di fé ran, ran t ) adj. 1°   Qui ne présente en soi pas de différence, et, par conséquent, pas de cause de détermination ou de préférence, en parlant des choses. •   Lorsqu on a quelque bon dessein, ou même quelque dessein… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • indifferent — Indifferent, [indifferen]te. adj. Qui se peut faire également bien de differentes manieres. C est une chose indifferente de partir à trois heures ou à quatre. il est indifferent lequel de ces deux on prenne. il m est indifferent d aller là ou… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Indifferent — In*dif fer*ent, a. [F. indiff[ e]rent, L. indifferens. See {In } not, and {Different}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Not making a difference; having no influence or preponderating weight; involving no preference, concern, or attention; of no account;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indifferent — [in dif′ər ənt, indif′rənt] adj. [OFr < L indifferens: see IN 2 & DIFFERENT] 1. having or showing no partiality, bias, or preference; neutral 2. having or showing no interest, concern, or feeling; uninterested, apathetic, or unmoved 3. of no… …   English World dictionary

  • Indifferent — In*dif fer*ent, adv. To a moderate degree; passably; tolerably. [Obs.] News indifferent good. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • indifferent — (adj.) late 14c., unbiased, from O.Fr. indifferent impartial or directly from L. indifferentem (nom. indifferens) not differing, not particular, of not consequence, neither good nor evil, from in not, opposite of (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) +… …   Etymology dictionary

  • indifferent — Adj. (Oberstufe) geh.: ohne Interesse oder innere Teilnahme Synonyme: gleichgültig, uninteressiert, desinteressiert (geh.) Beispiel: Der Umfrage zufolge haben 47 Prozent der Befragten eine indifferente Einstellung zur Politik. Kollokation:… …   Extremes Deutsch

  • Indifferent — (v. lat.), unentschieden, gleichgültig. Indifferentes Gleichgewicht, derjenige Gleichgewichtszustand, in welchem sich ein Körper in Bezug auf die Schwerkraft befindet, wenn sein Schwerpunkt unterstützt ist; er befindet sich dann nämlich trotz der …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Indifferént — (lat.), »gleichgültig«, keine Wirkung äußernd. In der Chemie bezeichnet man Stoffe als i., die, wie z. B. das Paraffin, in Berührung mit den gewöhnlichen chemischen Agenzien keine oder nur geringe chemische Reaktionen erkennen lassen; daher auch… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Indifferént — (lat.), ununterschieden, gleichgültig, keine (chem.) Wirkung äußernd. Indifferentísmus, Teilnahmlosigkeit. Indifferénzpunkt, der Punkt zwischen beiden Polen eines Magnets oder einer Voltaischen Säule, an dem keine Anziehung oder Abstoßung oder… …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon


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