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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
Mark Ferrera’s Oscar has the breezy insouciance of a man not used to facing his feelings, while at times Stephen Lima’s Felix seems almost paralyzed with grief over the loss of his beloved wife.
Sensible, even prim peaches and pinks have begun to deepen, the gentle dabs and dustings meant to approximate insouciance replaced with broad, purposeful strokes.
Celeste Cahn gives the sprite Ariel an air of insouciance, while never losing sight of her enslavement by Prospero.
France makes a strong case for the staggering insouciance of government at all levels, especially in the early years.
The bear, like the pick tucked in T’s afro, seemed a vaguely punk statement of insouciance.
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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").
Synonymsapathy, casualness, complacence, disinterestedness, disregard, incuriosity, incuriousness, indifference, nonchalance, torpor, unconcern
Antonymsconcern, interest, regard
Related Wordshalfheartedness, lukewarmness, tepidity, tepidness; carelessness, heedlessness, recklessness, unawareness; lethargy, listlessness; aloofness, coldness, cool, detachment, dispassion; callosity, callousness, hard-heartedness, hardness, insensitivity; bloodlessness, impassiveness, impassivity, phlegm, stoicism, stolidity
Near Antonymsattention, attentiveness, awareness, conscientiousness, curiosity, heedfulness, keenness; sensitivity, warmheartedness; bias, partiality, prejudice; ardor, desire, fervency, passion, vehemence, warmth, zeal
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