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

viewed the problem with the weary dispassion of a police officer who seen everything

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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 Comey's odd mix of G-man dispassion, unexpected emotion and very un-FBI-ish high-school slang made for a fascinating and downright entertaining TV event. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "No matter what you think of his ego, James Comey's ABC interview was fascinating and entertaining TV," 16 Apr. 2018 The dispassion is interesting, understandable, but also an obstacle: a barrier meant to keep people out. Laura Collins-hughes, BostonGlobe.com, "‘I expect color to be used against me’," 30 Mar. 2018 The footage of mass Nazi salutes from the crowd and Adolf Hitler looking on cheerfully is utterly chilling, but so is Riefenstahl’s dispassion. David Sims, The Atlantic, "One Hundred Years of the Olympics in Film," 23 Feb. 2018 The appropriate response to correct this is to strip Congress of power and transfer it to nonpartisan experts who have the knowledge and dispassion to trim the fat (rather than muscle or bone) from Medicare. Jay Cost, National Review, "Good Riddance to IPAB, the Independent Payment Advisory Board," 12 Feb. 2018 The cumulative effect of this volume, however, is to suggest that Moskowitz lacks both the strategic dispassion and intellectual breadth for a big political job. Lisa Miller, New York Times, "She Breaks Rules While Expecting Students to Follow Them," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of dispassion

1692, in the meaning defined above

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