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blasé

[blah-zey, blah-zey; French bla-zey]
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adjective
  1. indifferent to or bored with life; unimpressed, as or as if from an excess of worldly pleasures.
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Origin of blasé

1810–20; < French, past participle of blaser to cloy, sicken from surfeit, perhaps < Dutch blasen to blow; see blast

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apathetic, jaded, cloyed, sated, glutted, surfeited, world-weary.
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Examples from the Web for blase

Historical Examples

  • This lofty and blase greeting can come from none other than Roland Barnette.

    The Fortune Hunter

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • He's one of our blase ones; been in before, haven't you, Simson?

    Saint's Progress

    John Galsworthy

  • Turning upon him in a blase of wrath and with unutterable loathing.

    Theft

    Jack London

  • You are six-and-twenty years old; and as blase as a rake of sixty.

    The History of Pendennis

    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • Perhaps it's the Spanish blood, or perhaps it's because she's so blase.

    Ancestors

    Gertrude Atherton


British Dictionary definitions for blase

blasé

adjective
  1. indifferent to something because of familiarity or surfeit
  2. lacking enthusiasm; bored
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Word Origin

C19: from French, past participle of blaser to cloy
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Word Origin and History for blase

adj.

"bored from overindulgence," 1819, from French blasé, past participle of blaser "to satiate" (17c.), of unknown origin. Perhaps from Dutch blazen "to blow" (related to English blast), with a sense of "puffed up under the effects of drinking."

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