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Pronunciation:  in'difuruns

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  1. [n]  the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
  2. [n]  the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
  3. [n]  apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
  4. [n]  unbiased impartial unconcern

INDIFFERENCE is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: apathy, emotionlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, nonchalance, phlegm, spiritlessness, stolidity, unconcern, unemotionality
 See Also: aloofness, apathy, carefreeness, detachment, distance, passiveness, passivity, unconcern, withdrawal



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*dif"fer*ence\, n. [L. indifferentia similarity,
want of difference: cf. F. indiff['e]rence.]
1. The quality or state of being indifferent, or not making a
   difference; want of sufficient importance to constitute a
   difference; absence of weight; insignificance.

2. Passableness; mediocrity.

3. Impartiality; freedom from prejudice, prepossession, or

         He . . . is far from such indifference and equity as
         ought and must be in judges which he saith I assign.
                                               --Sir T. More.

4. Absence of anxiety or interest in respect to what is
   presented to the mind; unconcernedness; as, entire
   indifference to all that occurs.

         Indifference can not but be criminal, when it is
         conversant about objects which are so far from being
         of an indifferent nature, that they are highest
         importance.                           --Addison.

Syn: Carelessness; negligence; unconcern; apathy;
     insensibility; coldness; lukewarmness.

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