American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The state or quality of being indifferent.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of being indifferent, as between persons or things; absence of prepossession or bias; impartiality.
- n. The state of being indifferent or apathetic; the absence of definite preference or choice; want of differentiation or variation of feeling; absence of special interest; apathy; insensibility.
- n. The character of being indifferent or immaterial; want of essential difference with respect to choice, use or non-use, etc.; immateriality; unimportance: as, the indifference of particular actions or things.
- n. The condition of being indifferent in character or quality; a falling short of the standard of excellence; comparative mediocrity: as, the indifference of one's penmanship or work. Also indifferency.
- n. The state of being indifferent.
- n. Unbiased impartiality.
- n. Unemotional apathy.
- n. A lack of enthusiasm.
- n. Unconcerned nonchalance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The quality or state of being indifferent, or not making a difference; lack of sufficient importance to constitute a difference; absence of weight; insignificance.
- n. Passableness; mediocrity.
- n. Impartiality; freedom from prejudice, prepossession, or bias.
- n. Absence of anxiety or interest in respect to what is presented to the mind; unconcernedness.
- n. the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
- n. unbiased impartial unconcern
- n. apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
- n. the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
“Farrow said she was baffled and frustrated by what she called the indifference of Britons to Darfur, the region of Sudan where 200,000 people have died and 2.5 million been forced from their homes in four years of fighting between the Sudanese government and local rebels.”
“The liberty which we call indifference is a word without an idea — an absurdity; for this would be to determine without reason; it would be an effect without a cause.”
“Up next here, three congressmen voicing anger, frustration, and outrage at President Bush for what they call his indifference to those imprisoned Border Patrol agents, and the president's outright arrogance.”
“But the court did issue a stinging rebuke for what it calls their indifference to their constitutional duties.”
“Brana's (ph) uncle, Rashid, blames their deaths on what he calls the indifference the American troops who control Baghdad and on Saddam Hussein, who released tens of thousands of convicts before the war.”
“She then closed up the hut and covered the few coals with ashes so that the fire would not die out entirely, just as a man does with his inner feelings; he covers them with the ashes of his life, which he calls indifference, so that they may not be deadened by daily contact with his fellows.”
“That "indifference" is the key word, and I wonder if it's this that's at the root of the confusion between appropriation and (mis) representation.”
“Is this representative of a certain indifference to the qualities of commercial manga or is there some sort of cultural forbearance and variation in standards at work here?”
“Every week, they publish that a boat is arriving, facing the indifference from the authorities, to take away the material from the looting of these metals.”
“But what I get most often is indifference from the waiter.”
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