• WordNet 3.6
    • n impassiveness apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n impassiveness The character or state of being impassive or insusceptible of suffering; insensibility.
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  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “A good orator is pointed and impassioned.”
  • Joseph Conrad
    “The East Wind, an interloper in the dominions of Westerly Weather, is an impassive-faced tyrant with a sharp poniard held behind his back for a treacherous stab.”


In literature:

And he was aware of this impassiveness concealing a lucid astonishment.
"Under Western Eyes" by Joseph Conrad
I noticed, however, that there was a slight smile on his bronzed, impassive face.
"Stories in Light and Shadow" by Bret Harte
Stephen went on impassively.
"The Man" by Bram Stoker
But impassive of his victory, he inflated his chest, with his right hand in the breast of his buttoned coat, and began.
"Openings in the Old Trail" by Bret Harte
He sat with impassive face, while the magistrate rendered the judgment.
"When God Laughs and Other Stories" by Jack London
The North Fork had overflowed its banks and Rattlesnake Creek was impassable.
"Mrs. Skaggs's Husbands and Other Stories" by Bret Harte
Father Milon stood impassive, with the stupid look of the peasant, his eyes lowered as though he were talking to the priest.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
The eleven others lay strewn about, hopelessly crumpled; mute witnesses of angry fingers and impassioned mutterings.
"The Puppet Crown" by Harold MacGrath
The contemptuous voice pierced the Indian's armor of impassivity.
"The Patrol of the Sun Dance Trail" by Ralph Connor
We have each chosen our path in life, and must abide by it; the gulf between us is impassable but the fault was mine.
"East Lynne" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

No! my face a marble bust!
As the Sphynx, impassioned, stern!--
Passions hid, as in an urn,
Burnt to bitter dust!
"Perle Des Jardins" by Madison Julius Cawein
He watched the lizard where it lay,
Impassive as the watcher's face;
And only once in the long day
It changed its place.
"The Poet's Song" by Archibald Lampman
Each cold word of mine might have been a kiss impassioned,
Warm with the throb of my heart, thrilled with my pulse's leap,
And every glance of scorn, lashing, pursuing, and stinging,
As a look of tenderness would have been wondrous and deep.
"To One Hated" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
But she who ever kept her own in sight,
Gave no response to his impassioned heart,
But like a star forever pure and bright,
In cold and silent splenfdor shone apart,
Divinely set beyond his reach, to light
A great ideal for his life and art.
"Petrarch and Laura " by Washington Van Dusen
In the form that lies impassive, while the sea-wind comes and goes
And uplifts his rags in pity, on its cool refreshing breath
There is something so prophetic of the Last and Great Repose:
Sleep has borrowed, in its quietude, the Dignity of Death.
"Sleep" by Laurence Hope
But she that with the dark hair watch'd by the cold slumberer's side,
On her wan cheek no beauty dwelt, and in her garb no pride;
Only her full impassion'd eyes as o'er that clay she bent,
A wildness and a tenderness in strange resplendence blent.
"Juana" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

GOP faults Obama in impasse on student loans.
Just in time for the high political season, the White House and Senate Democrats struck a deal on Tuesday that ends for now the lengthy impasse over President Bush's judicial nominees.
Thursday was a day of behind-the-scenes maneuvering and bargaining in Congress, as party leaders moved to avert a government shutdown and possibly end the impasse over extending a payroll tax cut.
But thanks to Martin Scorsese's impassioned appeal, Uggie must compete with "Hugo" Doberman star Blackie for a Golden Collar prior to the Academy Awards.
E xpect standing-room only at Mia Dona , given Donatella Arpaia's East Side groupies, the impassioned fooderati fans of her chef-partner Michael Psilakis, and the nomads that invariably follow.
Small creeks overflowed, flooded ditches and spilled onto roadways washing away the gravel and making it impassable for traffic.
An impassioned plea for the return of the unembellished pocket.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi discusses prospects for resolving the political impasse in Iraq and the threat of a new sectarian conflict.
We're both a little in love with this book, so you'll have to bear with not one but two impassioned voices defending its literary value.
A person familiar with the matter confirmed the impasse Tuesday.
The commission was impassive about residents' concern for their property's future value.
Dimon Says Bond Market Turn Assured on Budget Impasse.
A Comment on the Budget Impasse Sends Markets Lower.
NHL rejects players' offer to break labor impasse.
Oil falls as OPEC predicts weak demand, US budget negotiations appear to hit impasse.

In science:

The way out of this nonglobality impasse, as presented in this paper, is based on the observation that the functions U in C∞ par (Ω) need not be seen as being defined in terms which are necessarily internal or confined to the set M of independent and dependent variables x ∈ Ω and u ∈ R, respectively.
How to Define Global Lie Group Actions on Functions
One possible way out of this impasse would be to numerically look for stationary points that lie on some lattice (as presumably would be required for S -duality to work).
A note on S-duality for the N=1* Sp(2n) and SO(2n+1) super-Yang-Mills theories
The most successful correction method solves the resolution–intensity impasse by using two beams.
Random Matrices and Chaos in Nuclear Physics
The impasse is not just for register-like constructions.
Linearizable Implementations Do Not Suffice for Randomized Distributed Computation
To overcome the impasse, we pick a small open neighbourhood Vi ⊆ G/G00 of each zi .
Discrete subgroups of locally definable groups