dis·​in·​ter·​est | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈin-trəst How to pronounce disinterest (audio) ; -ˈin-tə-ˌrest How to pronounce disinterest (audio) , -tə-rəst, -tərst; -ˈin-ˌtrest \
disinterested; disinteresting; disinterests

Definition of disinterest

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to regard something with no interest or concern



Definition of disinterest (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : lack of interest : indifference

Examples of disinterest in a Sentence

Noun His proposal was met with complete disinterest. since the coach has a son on the team, his disinterest in the selection of a team captain cannot be assumed
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Like the lack of support given to Black and brown communities early in the pandemic, which eventually contributes to disinterest in or distrust of the vaccines. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Mar. 2022 He has been widely described as a maverick researcher disinterested in personal recognition who simply wanted to give babies to those who couldn’t make them on their own. Osagie K. Obasogie, Scientific American, 4 Oct. 2013 In that October 2015 Benghazi hearing, Congressman Pompeo depicted Clinton as an aloof partisan, disinterested in the welfare of State Department employees. Garrett M. Graff, Wired, 21 May 2020 Jeff Okudah is either disinterested or didn’t want much to do with Bryant. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 6 May 2020 Friendship with them—disinterested or otherwise—seemed impossible. B. Pietras, Longreads, 27 Apr. 2020 Once the aliens arrive like a summer storm in bolts of lightning, the tension never lets up as divorced and disinterested dad Tom Cruise rises to the occasion to keep his kids alive. Jim Kiest, ExpressNews.com, 12 May 2020 The fear that customers have over the coronavirus and the large number of people that are getting sick has made them slightly disinterested in celebrating Holi. Fox News, 11 Mar. 2020 Cats are noted for their unique ability to be disinterested under all kinds of circumstances, a fun fact that was on full unabashed display for Kevin the cat who went for a hilarious ride of his life on a leash. Ashley Hoffman, Time, 2 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Considering factors outside of work allows the employer to make meaningful, productive decisions about the employee instead of simply assuming laziness or disinterest on the employee’s behalf. Dylan Taylor, Forbes, 16 May 2022 In both France and the U.S., younger generations express feelings of disinterest in and neglect by mainstream political institutions. Camille Gélix, The Conversation, 3 May 2022 And yet, several citizen reporters said in interviews that creaking bureaucracy, loopholes, waivers and a seeming disinterest in issuing increasing numbers of fines has left untold penalties uncollected. New York Times, 19 Mar. 2022 This is also addressed in the book: that the audience will most probably be female, that there's a disinterest from men in women’s stories. ELLE, 15 Mar. 2022 This is a pretty big development, considering Cattrall's disinterest in the reboot seems to stem from her fractured relationship with Parker. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 4 Feb. 2022 The short clip for The Offer gives a glimpse of the myriad obstacles this core team faced to make the movie, from Hollywood’s own disinterest in mob movies to outside pressure from Italian-American groups. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 1 Feb. 2022 Violence committed by a man belittled or emasculated by a woman’s disinterest is uniquely legible to the league of men—including upstanding elites, jurists, and writers. Sam Adler-bell, The New Republic, 7 Mar. 2022 Certainly simple disinterest or disgust with the product may stop it. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 18 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disinterest


1612, in the meaning defined above


1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disinterest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinterest. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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