September 15, 2011
- indifferent (adjective)
- What does it mean?
- 1 a : having or showing no special liking for or dislike of something b : not interested or concerned2 : neither good nor bad : mediocre3 : of no special influence or value : not important
- How do you use it?
- "Angelique did not speak with much anxiety, not because she was indifferent, but because she felt so secure in their good fortune." (Willa Cather, O Pioneers!)
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "indifferent"?We hope you took a special interest in answer D. "Indifferent" and "incurious," as well as "unconcerned" and "detached," mean not showing or feeling interest. "Indifferent" implies a neutral attitude toward something that other people care about, as in "She was indifferent to trends in fashion." "Unconcerned" suggests a lack of sensitivity or regard for others' needs or troubles, as in "He seemed unconcerned about the problem." "Incurious" implies a lack of desire to learn or know more about something or someone, as in "Some of the students were strangely incurious about the world." "Detached" implies being removed or distant in interest or feeling, as in "Their cousin observed family gatherings with detached amusement."