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indifference

[in-dif-er-uh ns, -dif-ruh ns] /ɪnˈdɪf ər əns, -ˈdɪf rəns/
noun
1.
lack of interest or concern:
We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
2.
unimportance; little or no concern:
Whether or not to attend the party is a matter of indifference to him.
3.
the quality or condition of being indifferent.
4.
mediocre quality; mediocrity.
Origin of indifference
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English, variant of indifferency < Latin indifferentia. See indifferent, -ence, -ency
Related forms
superindifference, noun
Synonyms
1. Indifference, unconcern, listlessness, apathy, insensibility all imply lack of feeling. Indifference denotes an absence of feeling or interest; unconcern, an absence of concern or solicitude, a calm or cool indifference in the face of what might be expected to cause uneasiness or apprehension; listlessness, an absence of inclination or interest, a languid indifference to what is going on about one; apathy, a profound intellectual and emotional indifference suggestive of faculties either naturally sluggish or dulled by emotional disturbance, mental illness, or prolonged sickness; insensibility, an absence of capacity for feeling or of susceptibility to emotional influences.
Antonyms
1. eagerness, responsiveness.
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  • So from month to month she went on with them all, through a thousand ups and downs and a thousand pangs and indifferences.

    In the Cage Henry James
  • Thoughts only, not dislikes, not indifferences, sundered them.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • Tolerance, according to the old lady's code, was the fruit of charity—Eva's tolerance was the fruit of indifferences.

    The Rubicon E. F. Benson
  • They did not even settle down to what a witty Frenchman calls the "politeness of two indifferences."

    The Women of the French Salons Amelia Gere Mason
  • I spoke with him from time to time about his absences and his indifferences, all to no avail.

    Warren Commission (11 of 26): Hearings Vol. XI (of 15) The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
  • Its emphases vary according to my own indifferences and ignorance as well as according to my own sympathies and knowledge.

British Dictionary definitions for indifferences

indifference

/ɪnˈdɪfrəns; -fərəns/
noun
1.
the fact or state of being indifferent; lack of care or concern
2.
lack of quality; mediocrity
3.
lack of importance; insignificance
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Word Origin and History for indifferences

indifference

n.

mid-15c., from Latin indifferentia "want of difference, similarity," noun of quality from indifferentem (see indifferent).

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