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.

Nearby words

  1. indictive,
  2. indictment,
  3. indie,
  4. indienne,
  5. indies,
  6. indifferency,
  7. indifferent,
  8. indifferent gonad,
  9. indifferent tissue,
  10. indifferentism

Origin of indifference

1400–50; late Middle English, variant of indifferency < Latin indifferentia. See indifferent, -ence, -ency

SYNONYMS 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.

Related formssu·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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Word Origin and History for indifference

indifference

n.

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

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