American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Casual lack of concern: "The contemptuous nonchalance of her trailed hand irritated him” ( Elizabeth Bowen).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Coolness; indifference; unconcern: as, he heard of his loss with great nonchalance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Indifference; carelessness; coolness.
- n. the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
- From French nonchalance. See nonchalant. (Wiktionary)
“There's a certain nonchalance that people kind of ...”
“Gene Taylor used to be my Rep.; always thought he was a decent guy for a Conservadem but his nonchalance is sickening.”
“One reason for our nonchalance is that new technologies have gotten us out of many past scrapes — and maybe they will with orbital debris, too.”
“As it is, Bone’s attraction to Thorn meets only humor and nonchalance from the other characters.”
“Schooling her expression into nonchalance, she turned toward him.”
“I now realize that my nonchalance was a privilege because, as with most things, my mom was right.”
“Her nonchalance was a pose she'd affected to hide her despair.”
“Yet this feeling, whether it is to be called nonchalance or despair, has its advantages for the moment; it renders the individual considerably careless of the worst that man can do to him; and I began to question my oratorical judge's clerk on the events in the "city of cities.”
“Boy or girl, I would name it Danru" "nonchalance" -a good Buddhist name, as if this baby would never be attached to anything in this life, not even its own mother.”
“Easy "nonchalance", "lightness and charm" are often referred to here as attractive qualities – and as forms of self-defence.”
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