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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
First recorded in 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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Examples from the Web for impassivity
Historical Examples
  • James heard of his host's defection with impassivity and a glance of his eyeglass.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • She continued in her impassivity, smiling a provoking and inscrutable smile.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • She would find it impossible to outdo him in the matter of impassivity.

    The Shadow Arthur Stringer
  • But when the still figure on the roof saw me, the impassivity of it vanished.

    Phroso Anthony Hope
  • The contemptuous voice pierced the Indian's armor of impassivity.

  • There seemed to Cranmer something horrible in this impassivity.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • She really adored his impassivity; it was so unlike anything she was capable of.

    The Beauty Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • For once his stupefaction escaped the citadel of his impassivity.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • Her eyes searched his face; encountered that barrier of impassivity.

    Caravans By Night Harry Hervey
  • My head was whirling, but a graven image might have envied me my impassivity.

    The Firefly Of France Marion Polk Angellotti
British Dictionary definitions for impassivity

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 impassivity
n.

1794, from impassive + -ity.

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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