dis·​pas·​sion | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈpa-shən How to pronounce dispassion (audio) \

Definition of dispassion

: absence of passion : coolness

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Examples of dispassion in a Sentence

She viewed the problem with the weary dispassion of a police officer who had seen everything.
Recent Examples on the Web That widespread dispassion is why Mijente and students on their college campuses are focused so hard on educating their peers. NBC News, "Campus activists find a target at the intersection of immigration and technology: Palantir," 2 Dec. 2019 That rational assessment was an example of X’s typical post-project dispassion, writ small. Wired, "Astro Teller on How to Handle Failure (With an Infinite Budget)," 10 Nov. 2019 Italy and Germany, meanwhile, are both in a period of relative dispassion. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "What two centuries of book publishing tell us about the “good old days”," 14 Oct. 2019 The mother, Teresa (Adriana Barraza, Oscar nominated for Babel), goes about her murderous duties, sometimes with the assistance of her mute handyman (Neil Sandilands, The Americans), with total dispassion. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Coyote Lake': Film Review," 31 July 2019 Here, in the safe, neutral territory of public art, Ms. Puno has created an opportunity to assume different identities and compare and contrast the outcomes with a certain level of dispassion. Jillian Steinhauer, New York Times, "An Escape Room Where You Can’t Escape Your Privilege," 23 July 2019 Beneath the veneer of dispassion roiled deep emotionality and sorrow, as well as humor. Leah Ollman, latimes.com, "Bas Jan Ader disappeared at sea at age 33. His art still haunts," 5 July 2019 Such endeavors in Britain are often conducted in the language of lawyers trained in the dry arts of dispassion in their quest for truth and explanations. Alan Cowell, BostonGlobe.com, "Tower fire inquiry opens in London and focus turns to victims," 21 May 2018 Such endeavors in Britain are often conducted in the language of lawyers trained in the dry arts of dispassion in their quest for truth and explanations. Alan Cowell, New York Times, "Grenfell Tower Inquiry Opens in London With Focus on Victims," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of dispassion

1692, in the meaning defined above

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“Dispassion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dispassion. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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