aloofness

Definitions

  • A kitten sits aloof, while a woman sits with a puppy on her lap watching a dog playing
    A kitten sits aloof, while a woman sits with a puppy on her lap watching a dog playing
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n aloofness a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
    • n aloofness indifference by personal withdrawal "emotional distance"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Aloofness State of being aloof. "The . . . aloofness of his dim forest life."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aloofness The state of being aloof, or of keeping at a distance; indifference.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aloofness withdrawal from common action or sympathy
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Quotations

  • Homer
    Homer
    “But curb thou the high spirit in thy breast, for gentle ways are best, and keep aloof from sharp contentions.”
  • Charles G. Dawes
    Charles G. Dawes
    “Mediocrity requires aloofness to preserve its dignity.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. a- (—A.S. on), on, and Loof, prob. Dut. loef. See Luff.

Usage

In literature:

He was strangely moved by the peculiar aloofness of the beauty.
"A Little Girl in Old Quebec" by Amanda Millie Douglas
They were going to be alone now; but he saw her standing inexorably aloof from him.
"Romola" by George Eliot
The Master said, To foster right among the people; to honour ghosts and spirits, and yet keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom.
"The Sayings Of Confucius" by Confucius
Lilian had soon come to understand that and her personal pride kept her aloof from any chance of snubs.
"The Girls at Mount Morris" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
From this effort to turn England into a kingdom of God England itself stood aloof.
"History of the English People, Volume VI (of 8)" by John Richard Green
I held aloof, for I was in too bitter a mood to trust myself to speech.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
The loss is theirs who keep aloof, and neglect the man and his work.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
Most of all, his was a God of strength, of mighty passions and moods, but aloof, watchful, secluded.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
Benjamin Selby alone held stubbornly aloof.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Our ambassador had warned them that France recked little of a war with the whole of Europe, provided that England held aloof.
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
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In poetry:

The wise man, marks the flow and ebb
Hidden and held aloof:
In his deep mind is laid the web,
Shuttles are driving the woof.
"One Day" by Archibald Lampman
With blackening wall and mossy roof,
With stained and warping floor,
A stately mansion stands aloof
And bars its haughty door.
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Is Reason so aloof, aloft,
It doth not 'gainst itself rebel,
And are not Reason's reasonings oft
By Reason proved unreasonable?
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
There sapphire islands, held aloof
In films of dream and chance,
Between sea floor and blue sky roof,
Are steeped in wild romance.
"A Dream Of Romance" by Maurice Thompson
Aloof, the slandered and abhorred
behold from of a quarried rise,
the cause of all the stir aboard
a fiercer glitter in their eyes.
"Ship from the Thames" by Rex Ingamells
And thence beheld in glad amaze
What Nero's guilty eyes, aloof,
Drank in from off his golden roof—
The sun-bright city all ablaze:
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

I believe Ted Cruz is out of touch and can be aloof .
The aloof tactic just doesn't work these days.
Advertiser body ISBA has slammed the Chartered Institute of Marketing ( CIM ) for being "aloof" after it commissioned research about parents' lack of awareness of the ParentPort marketing complaints portal.
ISBA slams 'aloof' CIM for controversial ParentPort research.
But whether a Romney-Portman ticket would double -down on the stiff, rich, aloof image Romney that is already battling — or the smart, clean, competent message he's trying to project — remains uncertain.
Both aloof and affectionate, cats have been revered - and sometimes reviled - for centuries.
Adele has sold millions of albums worldwide while somehow managing to remain aloof from the flash and swagger of most other contemporary pop.
Harsh feelings, especially toward the church, which seemed to them aloof to Limerick 's down-and-out, have not been softened, and the wounds of their father's abandonment have not healed.
Steve Martin talks about his friendship with Johnny Carson and rejects the common misconception that Johnny Carson was cold and aloof.
The writer (Patrick Howell) sits aloof, back to the audience and quill in hand.
Criticized for his aloof style, President Barack Obama says he likes to spend time with family.
Christina Aguilera, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green -- would be aloof and travel with big entourages.
He can also be aloof, irritable and a little bit mean.
Souji returns home after a year at boarding school to find his brother missing, his sisters as mysterious and aloof as ever, and three teens from his school murdered.
There again were the black suits and red ties, the bodyguards in blue uniforms, the women in white, the aloof cast of the eyes and the earthly manner: the Nation of Islam.
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In science:

His words of encouragement and understanding were a welcome change from some of the aloof attitudes prevalent in the department at the time.
Variational Principles in General Relativity
Within a classical university where there is an atmosphere of interweaving tones and halftones, rich colours and subtle tinges of humanities with exact as well as natural sciences not a single teacher or scholar can stand fully aloof from the problem of two cultures.
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
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