insouciance

[ in-soo-see-uh ns; French an-soo-syahns ]
/ ɪnˈsu si əns; French ɛ̃ suˈsyɑ̃s /

noun

the quality of being insouciant; lack of care or concern; indifference.

Origin of insouciance

From French, dating back to 1790–1800; see origin at insouciant, -ance
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Word Origin and History for insouciance

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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