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insouciance

[in-soo-see-uh ns; French an-soo-syahns]
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noun
  1. the quality of being insouciant; lack of care or concern; indifference.
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Origin of insouciance

From French, dating back to 1790–1800; see origin at insouciant, -ance
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  • With that and a superb air of insouciance, he made shift to go.

  • A wave of his hand simulated an insouciance he did not feel.

    When the Sleepers Woke

    Arthur Leo Zagat

  • Perhaps they were affecting a little of that British insouciance you spoke of—'

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever

  • I crave the gaiety and insouciance of Roberta's care-free Bohemians.

    Possessed

    Cleveland Moffett

  • That's the kind of man I really like, chirping his insouciance.


Word Origin and History for insouciance

n.

1799, from French insouciant "carelessness, thoughtlessness, heedlessness," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + se soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit).

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