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indifference

[in-dif-er-uh ns, -dif-ruh ns]
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noun
  1. lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
  2. unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not to attend the party is a matter of indifference to him.
  3. the quality or condition of being indifferent.
  4. mediocre quality; mediocrity.
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Origin of indifference

1400–50; late Middle English, variant of indifferency < Latin indifferentia. See indifferent, -ence, -ency
Related formssu·per·in·dif·fer·ence, noun

Synonyms

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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.

Antonyms

1. eagerness, responsiveness.
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Historical Examples

  • "Go-on—man—go-on," prattled the little one, with a child's in-difference to all conversation except his own.

    The Blind Mother and The Last Confession

    Hall Caine


British Dictionary definitions for in-difference

indifference

noun
  1. the fact or state of being indifferent; lack of care or concern
  2. lack of quality; mediocrity
  3. lack of importance; insignificance
  4. See principle of indifference
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Word Origin and History for in-difference

indifference

n.

mid-15c., from Latin indifferentia "want of difference, similarity," noun of quality from indifferentem (see indifferent).

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