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dis·​in·​ter·​est (ˌ)dis-ˈin-trəst How to pronounce disinterest (audio) -ˈin-tə-ˌrest How to pronounce disinterest (audio)
disinterested; disinteresting; disinterests

transitive verb

: to cause to regard something with no interest or concern


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: 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
When to seek additional help: If your child is exhibiting signs of problematic behavior — including the inability to function, a fear of going to school, disinterest in doing after-school activities, a drop in grades, a change in appetite or sleep pattern — both Drs. Amy Capetta, Good Housekeeping, 31 May 2022 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
The bounty and curse of social media are its users, and reaction was volcanic across several platforms as the news made its rounds—except on Bluesky, where the overall temperature was one of balmy disinterest. Jason Parham, WIRED, 19 Feb. 2024 Ahead of Sunday’s game, some have taken to social media to express disinterest in seeing her. Abigail Gruskin, Baltimore Sun, 25 Jan. 2024 The idea of Madonna as a megalomaniac — indifferent to love, obsessed by power — stemmed from her disinterest in performing the vulnerability men liked. Meaghan Garvey, Vulture, 3 Nov. 2023 For her, nearly any display of dissent, or disinterest, is indistinguishable from disrespect. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 31 Jan. 2024 Trump’s disinterest in truth and falsity, his demands for loyalty as a one-way street, his disdain for rules, laws, and institutional norms, his instinct for people’s weaknesses and pressure points — these are all symptoms of his tendency to look at everything through the lens of bargaining. Brittany Bernstein, National Review, 10 Jan. 2024 For anyone who became mildly attached to Melissa Barrera, who led the last two adventures, her recent firing from the production of Scream VII thanks to sharing pro-Palestinian IG posts further cements Paramount Studios’ disinterest in any kind of remote coherence or creative allegiance. Nicholas Bell, SPIN, 5 Dec. 2023 Lynch also viewed Flesh as an opportunity to fuse horror and the erotic thriller genre, especially at a time when a younger generation is making waves for their disinterest in sexuality on screen. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2023 The video includes several photos of Meredith looking startled or away from the camera as evidence of the feline's disinterest in fame. Kelli Bender, Peoplemag, 8 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1612, in the meaning defined above


1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of disinterest was in 1612

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“Disinterest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disinterest. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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