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impassive

[im-pas-iv] /ɪmˈpæs ɪv/
adjective
1.
without emotion; apathetic; unmoved.
2.
calm; serene.
3.
unconscious; insensible.
4.
not subject to suffering.
Origin of impassive
1660-1670
1660-70; im-2 + passive
Related forms
impassively, adverb
impassiveness, impassivity
[im-pa-siv-i-tee] /ˌɪm pæˈsɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. emotionless, phlegmatic, stoical, indifferent, undisturbed, unperturbed. 2. tranquil, unruffled, composed. 4. unaffected; unflinching.
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  • The two nieces looked on impassively, standing side by side.

  • The beady eyes vanished and reappeared, and they considered me impassively.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • The man to whom Colonel Singelsby had spoken shook his head calmly and impassively.

  • "The debt has been paid, Citoyenne," said Caron impassively.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • "And do not put your oar in, my dear," said Lady Ardingly impassively.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • The archers waved their caps and cheered, but the crowd looked on impassively.

    The Reign of Mary Tudor W. Llewelyn Williams.
  • "They all assisted, I understand," said Miss Vanhorn, impassively.

    Anne Constance Fenimore Woolson
  • Seldom, he thought, while their gaze rested on him impassively, would they soften.

    A Man to His Mate J. Allan Dunn
British Dictionary definitions for impassively

impassive

/ɪmˈpæsɪv/
adjective
1.
not revealing or affected by emotion; reserved
2.
calm; serene; imperturbable
3.
(rare) unconscious or insensible
Derived Forms
impassively, adverb
impassiveness, impassivity (ˌɪmpæˈsɪvɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for impassively

impassive

adj.

1660s, "not feeling pain," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + passive. Meaning "void of emotions" is from 1690s. Related: Impassively; impassiveness (1640s).

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