Definition of indifference noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ɪnˈdɪfrəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈdɪfrəns//
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[uncountable, singular] indifference (to somebody/something) a lack of interest, feeling or reaction towards somebody/something his total indifference to what people thought of him What she said is a matter of complete indifference to me. Their father treated them with indifference. an indifference to the needs of others Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘being neither good nor bad’): from Latin indifferentia, from in- ‘not’ + different- ‘differing, deferring’ (from the verb differre).Extra examples Constable’s landscapes met with indifference when they were first exhibited. Ellis spoke with a casual indifference that he did not feel. He feigned indifference to criticism of his work. It’s a matter of indifference to me whether he goes or not. She adopted an attitude of supreme indifference. She showed total indifference to his fate. The more recent members of staff regard the change in corporate culture with a certain indifference. The president is resigned to public indifference to his latest initiative. They have an air of studied indifference to the problem. They regard the change in corporate culture with a certain indifference. Try to treat such comments with benign indifference. his indifference towards art He showed a total indifference to the needs of others.
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