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[dis-in-ter-ist, -trist]
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  1. absence of interest; indifference.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to divest of interest or concern.
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Origin of disinterest

First recorded in 1605–15; dis-1 + interest
Can be confuseddisinterest uninterest
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  • “Oh,” she said, with all the tonelessness of disinterest, and went on with her stitching.

  • In all his dealings with this country, he showed his generosity and disinterest.

    Revolutionary Reader

    Sophie Lee Foster

  • She made the word twice its length, and filled it with disinterest.

    The Black Moth

    Georgette Heyer

  • He did not wait to see more, but passed on with all evidences of disinterest in this lowly abode.

    Merton of the Movies

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • At the mention of Jeffard's name, Constance borrowed the mask of disinterest, and laid her commands on Bartrow.

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for disinterest


  1. freedom from bias or involvement
  2. lack of interest; indifference
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  1. (tr) to free from concern for personal interests
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