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insouciance

[in-soo-see-uh ns; French an-soo-syahns] /ɪnˈsu si əns; French ɛ̃ suˈsyɑ̃s/
noun
1.
the quality of being insouciant; lack of care or concern; indifference.
Origin of insouciance
1790-1800
From French, dating back to 1790-1800; See origin at insouciant, -ance
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  • With that and a superb air of insouciance, he made shift to go.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • A wave of his hand simulated an insouciance he did not feel.

    When the Sleepers Woke Arthur Leo Zagat
  • Perhaps they were affecting a little of that British insouciance you spoke of—'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • I crave the gaiety and insouciance of Roberta's care-free Bohemians.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • That's the kind of man I really like, chirping his insouciance.

  • Idleness and insouciance had few temptations for them, cynicism was abhorrent to them.

    Victorian Worthies

    George Henry Blore
  • What an air of insouciance,” thought I. “That woman is not in love!

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • His insouciance is charming and always turns the tide of my melancholy.

Word Origin and History for insouciance
n.

1799, from French insouciant "carelessness, thoughtlessness, heedlessness," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + se soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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