Adjective "indifference" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Lack of interest, concern, or sympathy.
  1. 'That is why it said that the opposite of love is not hate but indifference, our apathy to act, our coldness in commitment.'
  2. 'One can affect unawareness, feign indifference or summon up some other defense against such entreaties.'
  3. 'But behind the latest official displays of concern lie the same indifference for the plight of the Asian masses.'
  4. 'I ran menial errands, tasted everything, and feigned indifference towards the whole process.'
  5. 'She yawned broadly, then, mustering up an utter lack of indifference, pointed straight ahead.'
  6. 'As expected, responses varied widely from impassioned anger to passive indifference.'
  7. 'There is a fine line between maturity, sobriety and patience, and indifference, alienation and disgust.'
  8. 'One is the risk that an industry will gain a reputation of indifference to public interest.'
  9. 'They misunderstand the situation: the electorate is not sunk in passive indifference, it is disgusted and enraged.'
  10. 'As best as he could, Thomas shrugged and his scowl gave way to feigned indifference.'
  11. 'it cannot be regarded as a matter of indifference'
  12. 'Which side is winning is a matter of complete indifference to them.'
  13. 'What distinguishes them is not the nature of the fraud but the technical means by which it is perpetrated, and this is a matter of indifference in English law.'
  14. 'For the woman worker it is a matter of indifference who is the ‘master’ a man or a woman.'
  15. 'What happens to the Russians, what happens to the Czechs, is a matter of utter indifference to me.'
  16. 'It is not a matter of indifference to Scots how the English elect to run their education system.'

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    1. lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.

    2. unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not to attend the party is a matter of indifference to him.

    3. the quality or condition of being indifferent.

    4. mediocre quality; mediocrity.


    Late Middle English (in the sense ‘being neither good nor bad’): from Latin indifferentia, from in- ‘not’ + different- ‘differing, deferring’ (from the verb differre).