insouciance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n insouciance the cheerful feeling you have when nothing is troubling you
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Insouciance Carelessness; heedlessness; thoughtlessness; unconcern.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n insouciance The quality of being insouciant; heedless indifference or unconcern; carelessness of feeling or manner.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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Usage

In literature:

Adversity came to the insouciant grey battery, adversity quickening to disaster.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
When he first beheld her she was bright, with a certain teasing insouciance.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
This young man had a heavy expression of conscious responsibility, before which the insouciant Pake visibly quailed.
"Two on the Trail" by Hulbert Footner
Lovely, with a show of insouciance, bagged three gerunds and one gerundive.
"The Varmint" by Owen Johnson
I rattled on, insouciant and careless to all appearances, but in reality my heart like lead.
"A Daughter of Raasay" by William MacLeod Raine
He tried to be natural, to meet Pan on a plane of the old western insouciance, but it was impossible.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
A wave of his hand simulated an insouciance he did not feel.
"When the Sleepers Woke" by Arthur Leo Zagat
The blood of his actress mother carried him insouciantly over the pregnant silence that received him.
"Rim o' the World" by B. M. Bower
She met his eyes with insouciance, but, somehow, one felt all at once that she liked him better.
"The House of Fulfilment" by George Madden Martin
There was none of her radiant, aggressive insouciance in the photograph.
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
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In poetry:

Van Dyke beard and broidered ruff silently confess
That he lived--and loved perchance--in days of Good Queen Bess.
(Laces fine and linen sheer, curled and perfumed hair
Well became those gentlemen of gay, insouciant air.)
"At The Play" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Francis Veber's The Closet dances around the subject of misperceived gayness in the workplace with boulevard insouciance that presupposes most of the nervous laughs coming from a predominantly straight audience.
As a real-life critic, I can only applaud the movie's insouciant mockery of the world that spawned it.
It's hard to envision a more insouciant widow.
Gloriously elaborate and hermetic, Jim Lutes' invariably small paintings — currently rendered in that most ancient of painting media, egg tempera — are also radiantly, insouciantly gnarly in their cartoonishly but viscerally strange imagery.
Many who saw Madoff on video that day perceived him to be insouciant, or even smirking .
There is no Hollywood movie more insouciantly amoral than Ernst Lubitsch's 1932 Trouble in Paradise.
The Insouciance of a Modern Monarchy .
Men of rugged, insouciant, determined countenance.
There was something inspiring in New Jersey governor Jon Corzine's insouciance last week: rising from his deathbed, paying a photo-op $46 fine for violating the seat-belt law, and then speeding off toward home at 70 miles per hour.
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