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- n. the state of being impassive
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- n. The quality of being insusceptible of feeling, pain, or suffering; impassiveness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Impassiveness.
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- n. apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
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He sat there watching through the windows in a kind of impassivity, as much as he could see of the method by which the racing-boat was attached by long, rigid rods to the steady floating raft that had risen from beneath.
Knightley grows increasingly assured throughout the film, her emotionally volatile Sabina a foil for the doctors' poker-faced impassivity.
Ruth Harris's cultural history of the Dreyfus affair in turn-of-the-20th-century France provided insight not just into the shifting factions and carnival aspect of a public controversy, but also into how Alfred Dreyfus's "usual perplexing impassivity," as Ms. Harris put it, affected events.
Thoughtful impassivity is an unpopular pose, often cited by supporters as evidence the boss is "clueless".
Arthur isn't one for showing his feelings — thus the 'mechanic' moniker — so it makes sense that the granite-faced Mr. Bronson has given way to another star schooled in the art of impassivity.
At least as famous is the full-face, oval volto , eerily sexy in its smoothness and impassivity.
Behind his mask of preternaturally alert impassivity, Richard too, was rapt.
That it lost yesterday is a tribute not only to youth-voter impassivity but to the power of ignorance and coercion.
Moreover, in some of his better films their success comes at least as much from the compensatory skills of the director (Orson Welles, Anthony Mann, Sam Peckinpah) or from a fortuitous match between role and Heston's impassivity as an actor (the various spectacles with which he is most closely identified).
She was wildly emotional, but she schooled her face to enigmatic impassivity.