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nonchalance

[non-shuh-lahns, non-shuh-lahns, -luh ns]
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noun
  1. the state or quality of being nonchalant; cool indifference or lack of concern; casualness.
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Origin of nonchalance

From French, dating back to 1670–80; see origin at nonchalant, -ance
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  • "Naturally," I said with nonchalance, though my quick temper was fired.

  • "Oh, yes," assented Kirkwood, with a nonchalance not entirely unassumed.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • This was all said with a sort of nonchalance, which Corny did not at all like.

  • His nonchalance, I believe, was forced and meant to cover uneasiness.

    Heather and Snow

    George MacDonald

  • The elder lady spoke with the nonchalance of one quite used to the process.

    A Tangled Tale

    Lewis Carroll


Word Origin and History for nonchalance

n.

1670s, from French nonchalance (13c.), from nonchalant (see nonchalant).

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