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aloofness

[uh-loof-nis] /əˈluf nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being aloof, distant, or reserved; indifference:
His girlfriend's recent aloofness may be a sign that the relationship is over.
Origin of aloofness
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  • Then she faced the lawyer again, with an aloofness of manner that was contemptuous.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • She could scarcely endure the aloofness with which he had withdrawn into himself.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.

    White Fang Jack London
  • There is a kind of aloofness in strong men at great moments.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Helen's sadness, her composure, her aloofness, engaged his imagination.

    They of the High Trails

    Hamlin Garland
  • He was hurt by the sight of his own life, which ought to have been a masterpiece of aloofness.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Doubtless a policy of aloofness was long the safe policy for us.

    The Ethics of Coperation

    James Hayden Tufts
  • She was a little piqued at his unexpected attitude of aloofness.

    All Roads Lead to Calvary Jerome K. Jerome
  • Then she realised that this was a step down from her pedestal of aloofness, and was silent again.

    The Right Stuff Ian Hay
  • Your aloofness, your indifference only spurs me, only adds to the acuteness of my desire.

    The Mask

    Arthur Hornblow

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