American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Blithe lack of concern; nonchalance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being insouciant; heedless indifference or unconcern; carelessness of feeling or manner.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Carelessness; heedlessness; thoughtlessness; unconcern.
- n. the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you
- From French insouciance, from in- ("not") + souciant ("worrying"). (Wiktionary)
“The sheer insouciance from the IRS towards all tax-deviant clerics following Pulpit Freedom Sundays in 2008 and 2009 leaves little precedent for a change in policy this year.”
“But his carelessness--what some have the nerve to call his insouciance putting a positive, oh-so-Continental spin on good old-fashioned incompetence--was his undoing.”
“Mr. Blair proffers a stauch defence of the U. K.'s "special relationship" with the U.S. and says he finds the "insouciance" with which it is treated in some quarters as "a little shocking".”
“In fact, the Fiver isn't even sure you spell insouciance "insouciance", it just typed the letters out, sat back in front of the television and waited for the microwaves to wash it out to sea.”
“The pictures above show Smokey's parents, Sam & Braise, illustrating the concept of "méfiance" (see Sam, left) and carefree "insouciance" (see Braise, right).”
“For example, far from displaying "insouciance" with respect to scientific questions, as Crews alleges, David Jacobs is quite right to dismiss as irrelevant skeptical worries about the presumed impracticality of interstellar travel.”
“Suddenly, however, she laughed and a flash of the insouciance which is the keystone of her profession appeared in her smile.”
“He went his own way and lived as he pleased; having something about him of that shrewd, humorous, imperturbable "insouciance" which served Walt Whitman so well, and which is so much wiser, kindlier and more human a shield for an artist's freedom, than the sarcasms of a Whistler or the insolence of a Wilde.”
“He took the civil service examinations with an apparent indifference that made Strachey’s sister ask if his insouciance was a pose.”
“Dinner cooked by Jamie Oliver and served in the State Room of 11 Downing Street to women guests who included sensible role model Naomi Campbell and J K Rowling who, coincidentally, gave £1m to the Labour Party last year represents the kind of insouciance reminiscent of Marie Antoinette at Trianon.”
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