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Examples of insouciance in a Sentence
wandered into the meeting with complete insouciance to the fact that she was late
Recent Examples of insouciance from the Web
There’s a kind of insouciance to the season that is catching.
The childless French president came face-to-face with teen insouciance at the Mont Valérien fort outside of Paris, a memorial for French Resistance fighters who died in World War II.
The ensemble exuded carefree insouciance and managed to look polished without feeling overdone, which is never a good look, no matter what the season.
Fix it, don’t nix it Or take the insouciance with which the likes of Mr Bolton and his Russian counterparts condemn the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty.
One reason for market insouciance is that a crisis is unlikely to infect other economies: foreigners hold only around 30% of the government’s bonds these days.
Silicon Valley has a long habit of political insouciance—will culminate at the Supreme Court on April 25, when Katyal argues against the administration in the case Trump v. Hawaii.
The look has an inherent insouciance, a bohemian vibe that feels ideal for that first chill of fall—or early spring?
Last night, the actress elevated her rumpled waves with thoughtful—and playful—additions that proved insouciance is an attitude, not simply an unstudied aesthetic ease.
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Did You Know?
Don't worry - be insouciant. Perhaps your mind will rest easier if we explain that English speakers learned "insouciance" from the French in the 1700s (and the adjective "insouciant" has been part of our language since the 1800s). The French word comes from a combination of the negative prefix in- and soucier, meaning "to trouble or disturb." "Soucier" in turn traces to "sollicitus," the Latin word for "anxious." If it seems to you that "sollicitus" looks a lot like some other English words you've seen, you're right. That root also gave us "solicit" (which now means "to entreat" but which was once used to mean "to fill with concern or anxiety"), "solicitude" (meaning "uneasiness of mind"), and "solicitous" ("showing or expressing concern").
INSOUCIANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of insouciance for English Language Learners
: a relaxed and calm state : a feeling of not worrying about anything
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