[in-soo-see-uh ns; French an-soo-syahns]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insouciance

Contemporary Examples of insouciance

  • Its insouciance with punctuation may lend the book an aura of difficulty, but in practice this is not the case.

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    Great Weekend Reads

    The Daily Beast

    January 22, 2011

  • No, this was “theater” pronounced with sunglasses and insouciance.

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    How I Found My Voice

    Carly Simon

    June 7, 2009

Historical Examples of insouciance

  • 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.


    Cleveland Moffett

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

Word Origin and History for insouciance

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper