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Examples of nonchalant in a Sentence
- In those stories, we already find the qualities the world would come to know as "Kafkaesque": the nonchalant intrusion of the bizarre and horrible into everyday life, the subjection of ordinary people to an inscrutable fate. —Adam Kirsch, New York Times Book Review, 4 Jan. 2009
- … watch his iron-backed posture as he rides a horse and listen to the nonchalant way in which, not barking but speaking he says "Fire" to the line of infantry, like someone asking for a light. —John Updike, New Yorker, 30 Sept. 2002
- He and Anita (and an ancient, nonchalant Lhasa apso … ) live in a gated community, surrounded by high, vine-covered walls, redolent of Wrigley, that embrace a golf club and an attractive thicket of large houses … —Frank Deford, Sports Illustrated, 19 Mar. 2001
- It was thrilling to watch them, the regulars, so nonchalant, so composed as they slipped from Senate cloakroom to Senate hideaway, sharing jokes with powerful men old enough to be their fathers. —Ward Just, New York Times Book Review, 28 May 1989
He was surprisingly nonchalant about winning the award.
She faced the crowd with the nonchalant ease of an experienced speaker.
The team may have been somewhat nonchalant at the beginning of the season, but they now know that they need to work hard.
Recent Examples of nonchalant from the Web
The elder Falero, for his part, was ecstatic to reunite with his son in front of his home on a hilly Rio Piedras street in San Juan, but was nonchalant about having weathered the storm.
Despite the Oscar winner's nonchalant reveal, the hair transformation comes as a surprise.
Sanchez continues on in such a nonchalant fashion too, while Alves looks on in supposed disbelief at what's just happened.
At least as strange is the nonchalant, almost robotic cadence of his actors, who never seem to be taken aback at the outrageousness of what other characters say or do.
The early start to the season plus a healthy dose of Finals fatigue explains at least a tiny bit of the Cavs’ nonchalant attitude.
When asked about the legacy of his creation, however, Mr. Blakeley was nonchalant, treating the shelter signs as hardly more impactful than his work as a president of Toastmasters International, the public-speaking organization.
And as the handful of gondola-adjacent photo calls from the first few days of this all-star affair have already proven, the actress still has black tie dressing down pat, giving it her signature nonchalant spin.
So why do South Koreans seem so nonchalant about the possibility of apocalypse now?
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Stay Cool With the History of nonchalant
Since "nonchalant" comes ultimately from Latin words meaning "not" and "be warm," it's no surprise that the word is all about keeping one's cool. The French word nonchalant, which we borrowed around 1734, has essentially the same meaning as our English word and was derived in Old French from a verb, "nonchaloir," which meant "to disregard." "Nonchaloir" in turn combines the negative "non-" with "chaloir," which means "to concern" and comes from the Latin calēre ("to be warm"). "Unconcerned" is one synonym of "nonchalant," along with "casual," "complacent," and "insouciant."
Synonymsapathetic, casual, complacent, disinterested, incurious, insensible, insouciant, indifferent, perfunctory, pococurante, unconcerned, uncurious, uninterested
Related Wordshalfhearted, lukewarm, tepid; aloof, cold, numb, remote, unemotional; callous, hard-hearted, insensitive, unfeeling; calm, cool, detached, dispassionate; careless, heedless, mindless; impassive, impervious, phlegmatic, stoic (or stoical), stolid; lethargic, listless; unimpressed
Near Antonymsattentive, aware, conscientious, heedful, mindful; caring, sensitive, warmhearted; ardent, fervent, keen, passionate, warm, zealous
Synonym Discussion of nonchalant
- kept a cool head
- the composed pianist gave a flawless concert
- the nurse stayed calm and collected
- harried but unruffled
- the speaker remained imperturbable despite the heckling
- a nonchalant driver
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