[ im-pur-suh-nal-i-tee ]

noun,plural im·per·son·al·i·ties for 6.
  1. absence of human character or of the traits associated with the human character: He feared the impersonality of a mechanized world.

  2. absence or reduction of concern for individual needs or desires: the impersonality of a very large institution.

  1. lack of emotional involvement: His work reflected a certain impersonality.

  2. lack of a personal agent or of a known personal agent: the impersonality of folk art.

  3. the quality of not being concerned with particular persons: the impersonality and universality of his interests.

  4. something that is impersonal.

Origin of impersonality

First recorded in 1760–70; impersonal + -ity

Words Nearby impersonality Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use impersonality in a sentence

  • His work, stripped of all general ideas and of all subjective aspects, is of a rather curious impersonality.

  • And he seemed to feel the business world, with its regulated system of values, and its impersonality, and he dreaded it.

    Sons and Lovers | David Herbert Lawrence