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[im-pur-suh-nal-i-tee] /ɪmˌpɜr səˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural impersonalities for 6.
absence of human character or of the traits associated with the human character:
He feared the impersonality of a mechanized world.
absence or reduction of concern for individual needs or desires:
the impersonality of a very large institution.
lack of emotional involvement:
His work reflected a certain impersonality.
lack of a personal agent or of a known personal agent:
the impersonality of folk art.
the quality of not being concerned with particular persons:
the impersonality and universality of his interests.
something that is impersonal.
Origin of impersonality
First recorded in 1760-70; impersonal + -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It has not the impersonality of that method or its flat and lifeless effect.

  • impersonality was in fashion, and as a rule he believed in thinking impersonally.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • The difference lies, it is urged, in the impersonality of the enjoyment.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • Well, he would answer her from behind the same veil of impersonality.

    Flint Maud Wilder Goodwin
  • Reason, conscience, understanding, have no impersonality to him.

  • Both question and answer had taken on a fine flavour of impersonality.


    George Looms
  • Lastly, the British press has maintained, as a rule, its impersonality.

    Sixty Years a Queen

    Sir Herbert Maxwell
  • He did not reason on that unexcited sense of impersonality and detachment.

    The Dull Miss Archinard Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • It s the impersonality of your commands that hurts my feelings.

    Daddy Long-Legs Jean Webster
Word Origin and History for impersonality

1769, from impersonal + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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