free from or unaffected by passion; devoid of personal feeling or bias; impartial; calm: a dispassionate critic.

Origin of dispassionate

First recorded in 1585–95; dis-1 + passionate
Related formsdis·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverbdis·pas·sion·ate·ness, nounun·dis·pas·sion·ate, adjectiveun·dis·pas·sion·ate·ly, adverb

Synonyms for dispassionate

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Examples from the Web for dispassionately

Contemporary Examples of dispassionately

Historical Examples of dispassionately

  • "Thou liest, son of a dog," was the answer, dispassionately delivered.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

  • He had talked of it with her, and he knew how dispassionately she awaited Florimond's return.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • If you will not hear my reasons calmly and dispassionately, to what end am I here?

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • "Women are the cause of a lot of trouble," he said, dispassionately.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • "David'll be fearfully disappointed," remarked Judith dispassionately.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

British Dictionary definitions for dispassionately



devoid of or uninfluenced by emotion or prejudice; objective; impartial
Derived Formsdispassionately, adverbdispassionateness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dispassionately



1590s, from dis- "the opposite of" (see dis-) + passionate. Related: Dispassionately.

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