un·​con·​cern ˌən-kən-ˈsərn How to pronounce unconcern (audio)
: lack of care or interest : indifference
his unconcern for personal gain
: freedom from excessive concern or anxiety

Examples of unconcern in a Sentence

He has shown a surprising unconcern for his own safety. wore an expression of general unconcern throughout the trial
Recent Examples on the Web Most of Ukraine’s ravaged cultural sites are like the shelled Reims Cathedral: perhaps not directly targeted, but destroyed with ruthless unconcern. Jason Farago, New York Times, 27 Dec. 2022 Marked by the artist’s apparent unconcern with conventional modeling and draftsmanship and by the velvety smoothness of his brushwork, the paintings exude an aura of quietude and utter perfection unrivaled in the work of his peers. Mary Tompkins Lewis, WSJ, 26 Nov. 2022 The word-play conveys somehow a sense of confidence and unconcern. George Calhoun, Forbes, 23 Sep. 2021 The news that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday visited a San Francisco hair salon, against standing city ordinances, was the latest exhibition of privileged unconcern. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 2 Sep. 2020 There is a selfishness and unconcern for the elderly in the refusal of the young to take this pandemic seriously. Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, 18 Mar. 2020 The technology sector’s global conquest rests partly on its total unconcern for the real-world impact of its products and services. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 10 Oct. 2019 Deliverance may have fueled white Northern overconfidence in the efficacy of Reconstruction, and unconcern for freedpeople may have spawned apathy. Gregory Downs, Washington Post, 14 June 2019 In their locker room the colors of mildew, chlorine and athlete’s foot (Angrette McCloskey did the spot-on set), Brigham’s Amy initially seems the classic cool kid, all aggressive unconcern peppered with a few blase cruelties. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1684, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unconcern was in 1684

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“Unconcern.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unconcern. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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un·​con·​cern ˌən-kən-ˈsərn How to pronounce unconcern (audio)
: lack of care or interest : indifference
unconcern for world problems

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