indifference

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n indifference the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
    • n indifference the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
    • n indifference apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
    • n indifference unbiased impartial unconcern
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Indifference Absence of anxiety or interest in respect to what is presented to the mind; unconcernedness; as, entire indifference to all that occurs. "Indifference can not but be criminal, when it is conversant about objects which are so far from being of an indifferent nature, that they are highest importance."
    • Indifference Impartiality; freedom from prejudice, prepossession, or bias. "He . . . is far from such indifference and equity as ought and must be in judges which he saith I assign."
    • Indifference Passableness; mediocrity.
    • Indifference The quality or state of being indifferent, or not making a difference; lack of sufficient importance to constitute a difference; absence of weight; insignificance.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n indifference The state of being indifferent, as between persons or things; absence of prepossession or bias; impartiality.
    • n indifference The state of being indifferent or apathetic; the absence of definite preference or choice; want of differentiation or variation of feeling; absence of special interest; apathy; insensibility.
    • n indifference The character of being indifferent or immaterial; want of essential difference with respect to choice, use or non-use, etc.; immateriality; unimportance: as, the indifference of particular actions or things.
    • n indifference The condition of being indifferent in character or quality; a falling short of the standard of excellence; comparative mediocrity: as, the indifference of one's penmanship or work. Also indifferency.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Indifference indifference: :
    • ns Indifference (theol.) the doctrine that religious differences are of no moment
    • ns Indifference (metaph.) the doctrine of absolute identity—i.e. that to be in thought and to exist are one and the same thing
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Quotations

  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
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    “If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.”
  • Juan Montalvo
    Juan Montalvo
    “There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.”
  • Anatole France
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    “I prefer the errors of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.”
  • Peter Marshall
    Peter Marshall
    “A different world cannot be built by indifferent people.”
  • Francis Picabia
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    “Pain has its reasons, pleasure is totally indifferent.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “The worst sin... is... to be indifferent.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. indifferentia, similarity, lack of difference: cf. F. indifférence,

Usage

In literature:

Soon he sank himself into a sort of half sleep, a dull apathy, which made him indifferent to all that was going on without.
"Debit and Credit" by Gustav Freytag
Then he strode away, this time with calm indifference.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
He returned the glance indifferently.
"The Coast of Chance" by Esther Chamberlain
And, to him who had been wont to spend them so indifferently, men had suddenly become precious, since he could get no more.
"The Eagle of the Empire" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
CENTRE OF INDIFFERENCE 128 IX.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Gradually she became hardened and indifferent.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
When an indifferent thing is made into an essential, it ceases to be indifferent, and must be fought against.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
Careless and indifferent habits would soon ruin a millionaire.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
It was a matter of indifference to our hero whether he was on the quarter-deck of a man-of-war or in the cabin of a smuggling sloop.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
I also recollect that our fare was indifferent, and our punishment severe.
"The Pacha of Many Tales" by Frederick Marryat
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In poetry:

Unto him indifferent breath is
Nature's bitter use and wont.
He who knows what life and death is!—
Ah, perhaps you do, I don't.
"Perhaps" by Gamaliel Bradford
Listless and endless it outlies,
And means, to you and me, no more
Than any pebble on the shore,
Or this indifferent moment as it dies.
"Colour Studies {At Dieppe}" by Arthur Symons
'But one there is, Zia-Khanoum named;
Indifferent to his charms is she;
Yet well she knows that Almaskiti
Will never to her bend his knee.
"Gamzrdeli" by Akaki Tsereteli
The world goes round, for you, for me,
For him who sits, for him who strives,
And the great Fates indifferent see
The rage or respite of our lives.
"In Sutton Woods" by Alfred Austin
May all tempting eyes vanish from my pathway
Come back to my breast, you indifferent sorrow!
So that I may quietly die, restore me
To my own being!
"Ode (in ancient meter)" by Mihai Eminescu
The world goes round, for you, for me,
For him who sleeps, for him who strives,
And the cold Fates indifferent see
Crowning or failure of our lives.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

He grew up in the inner city of Chicago and was an indifferent student given to cut class to watch the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
Indifference to global warming is prescription for failure.
A strange indifference to highway carnage .
Lawsuit claims officials' indifference led kids to target autistic student.
Obama's indifference to North Korea = nuclear danger.
Facebook nation — privacy loses to indifference .
Public policy and indifference punish the very poor.
Indifference to global warming is prescription for failure.
'Pop-star priest' aims to use mammoth new church in Brazil to battle Catholics' indifference .
Some area residents express indifference to Hurricane Sandy.
'Lizzi' Marriott's killer showed 'extreme indifference '.
Brown's indifference hurts the city.
Harms of Indifference in the Supreme Court with Emily Calhoun Webcast Prices from $20.00 to $89.00.
GOP Indifference Toward Ron Paul Is Short-Sighted.
Indifference not a council trait.
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In science:

Kinetic Reduced MHD (§ 5 and § 6). — On scales above the ion gyroscale, known as the “inertial range ” we demonstrate that the decoupling of the Alfvén-wave cascade and its indifference to both collisional and collisionless damping are explicit and analytically provable properties.
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
This sheds some light on the indifference of Alfvén waves to collisions: Alfvénic perturbations do not change the Maxwellian character of the ion distribution.
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
Suppose that for the first n trials, the agent is indifferent as to whether any further trials are actually performed or not, and that the agent is also indifferent as to the order in which the outcomes are reported.
The de Finetti theorem for test spaces
The states along this area are not sensitive to increase of τj, resembling so called indifferent equilibria .
Discrete Thermodynamics of Chemical Equilibria
This is consistent with our observation that for many problem cases, the maximum of probabilities of incorrectly rejecting hypotheses is attained at some endpoint of the indifference zones.
A New Framework of Multistage Hypothesis Tests
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