indifference

[ in-dif-er-uhns, -dif-ruhns ]
/ ɪnˈdɪf ər əns, -ˈdɪf rəns /

noun

lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not to attend the party is a matter of indifference to him.
the quality or condition of being indifferent.
mediocre quality; mediocrity.
Baseball. the absence of effort by the defense to prevent a stolen base: For the second time this inning, a Brewer has taken second base on indifference.

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Origin of indifference

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, variant of indifferency, from Latin indifferentia; see origin at indifferent, -ence, -ency

synonym study for indifference

1. Indifference, unconcern, listlessness, apathy, insensibility all imply lack of feeling. Indifference denotes an absence of feeling or interest; unconcern, an absence of concern or solicitude, a calm or cool indifference in the face of what might be expected to cause uneasiness or apprehension; listlessness, an absence of inclination or interest, a languid indifference to what is going on about one; apathy, a profound intellectual and emotional indifference suggestive of faculties either naturally sluggish or dulled by emotional disturbance, mental illness, or prolonged sickness; insensibility, an absence of capacity for feeling or of susceptibility to emotional influences.

OTHER WORDS FROM indifference

su·per·in·dif·fer·ence, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for indifference

indifference
/ (ɪnˈdɪfrəns, -fərəns) /

noun

the fact or state of being indifferent; lack of care or concern
lack of quality; mediocrity
lack of importance; insignificance
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