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  • n. the state of being impassive

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an absence of emotion.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being impassive or insusceptible of suffering; insensibility.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions


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  • I spotted a repressed smile behind his usual impassiveness.

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  • A country that prides itself on the innovation and entrepreneurship of its people seems so far removed from the ineffectiveness and impassiveness of its government.

    Michael Bendetson: A Silenced Majority

  • RP2 Chute looked on, his impassiveness masking his disdain for talk of angels.

    A Chaplain and an Atheist Go to War

  • Gumption, pluckiness, and impassiveness were the qualities that helped my parents, part of the generation who lived through World War II, prevail.

    In the Fullness of Time

  • Addressing her composed face, whose intelligence, however, is too quick and active to be concealed by any studied impassiveness, however habitual, to the strong Saxon face of the visitor, a picture of resolution and perseverance, my Lady listens with attention, occasionally slightly bending her head.

    Bleak House

  • His oddly disassociated lyrics reinforce the band's sense of intense impassiveness, and a curious mechanical phrase here and there disrupts and enhances revelation.

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  • He did not care to ask, awed by the calm impassiveness of her face, by those solemn eyes looking past him on the great, still forests sleeping in majestic repose to the murmur of the broad river.

    Almayer's Folly

  • She interrupted herself, and something like doubt dimmed for a moment the fire of suppressed exaltation that had glowed in her eyes and had illuminated the serene impassiveness of her features with a ray of eager life during all that long day of excitement — the day of joy and anxiety, of hope and terror, of vague grief and indistinct delight.

    Almayer's Folly

  • He was laughing and happy, his former stoic impassiveness gone.

    Playing Easy to Get

  • I told him exactly what had happened and he listened with seeming impassiveness, but his nostrils twitched and his eyes blazed as I told how the ruthless hands of the Count had held his wife in that terrible and horrid position, with her mouth to the open wound in his breast.



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