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in·dif·fer·ence

 (ĭn-dĭf′ər-əns, -dĭf′rəns)
n.
The state or quality of being indifferent.

indifference

(ɪnˈdɪfrəns; -fərəns)
n
1. the fact or state of being indifferent; lack of care or concern
2. lack of quality; mediocrity
3. lack of importance; insignificance
4. (Philosophy) See principle of indifference

in•dif•fer•ence

(ɪnˈdɪf ər əns, -ˈdɪf rəns)

n.
1. lack of interest or concern.
2. unimportance; little or no concern.
3. the quality or condition of being indifferent.
4. mediocrity.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin]

Indifference

 of waiters—Lipton, 1970.

Indifference

 

have other fish to fry To have other, more important matters to attend to; to have better things to do or more pressing business to occupy one’s time and attention. A stock phrase used to give someone the brush-off, this expression dates from the 17th century. It implies that one has no time to waste on unimportant (usually someone else’s) concerns.

“I’ve got other things in hand …
I’ve got other fish to fry.” (Margaret Oliphant, A Poor Gentleman, 1889)

not give a continental To be so scornful as to refuse to give something even so worthless as a continental. The continental was paper scrip issued by the Continental Congress during the American Revolution and was considered to be of virtually no value as a medium of exchange.

not give a damn Not to care, not to be concerned, to have no interest or stake in. Damn is a mild obscenity which has no connection with the practically worthless old Indian coin, a dam, as has been repeatedly and mistakenly conjectured.

It was obvious, as one angry young woman remarked, that he didn’t give a damn—and so they were enraged. (J. Cary, Captive and Free, 1959)

not give a fig To be indifferent or actively hostile toward. The term fig has been in use since 1450 to denote a worthless or insignificant object. Some trace this meaning to ancient Greece where figs were so plentiful as to be worth little or nothing. Others relate it to the fig or fico of the phrase to give the fig (INSULT). Shakespeare plays on the two senses of the term in Henry V:

A figo for thy friendship!—
The fig of Spain. (III, iv)

not give a hoot To be indifferent toward, to be totally unconcerned about. Hoot in this expression is short for hooter, which in turn is thought to be a corruption of iota ‘a whit, a jot.’ Although the abbreviated form hoot did not appear until the early 20th century, hooter was in use in this and similar phrases during the 19th century. Not give a hoot has combined with the similar expression not give a continental to form the currently popular not give a continental hoot. See not worth a continental, WORTHLESSNESS.

I do not give a hoot if it’s colder, and I do not give two hoots what any given cabbie thinks about it. (The Chicago Sun, November, 1947)

not give a rap Not to care or be concerned about. A rap was a counterfeit coin worth about half a farthing which was circulated in Ireland during the 18th century due to the shortage of genuine currency. The worthlessness and neglibility of the literal rap gave rise to the figurative expression.

For the mare-with-three-legs [the gallows], boys, I care not a rap. (William Harrison Ainsworth, Rookwood, 1834)

not give a tinker’s dam To care so little as not to give even something without value; also, not give a tinker’s damn. Conflicting views are current as to the origin of this expression. A dam is a worthless bit of metal used (by tinkers, among others) to keep molten solder in a certain place till it has cooled and solidified. On the other hand, itinerant tinkers were considered of the lowest class, traditionally ill-mannered and given to the use of foul language. To such a one, damn may have been so mild an obscenity as to have no meaning in a string of invective.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.indifference - unbiased impartial unconcern
unconcern - a feeling of lack of concern
aloofness, distance - indifference by personal withdrawal; "emotional distance"
detachment, withdrawal - avoiding emotional involvement
2.indifference - apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactionsindifference - apathy demonstrated by an absence of emotional reactions
apathy - an absence of emotion or enthusiasm
3.indifference - the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generallyindifference - the trait of lacking enthusiasm for or interest in things generally
passivity, passiveness - the trait of remaining inactive; a lack of initiative
4.indifference - the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to careindifference - the trait of remaining calm and seeming not to care; a casual lack of concern
carefreeness - the trait of being without worry or responsibility

indifference

noun
2. irrelevance, insignificance, triviality, unimportance They regard dress as a matter of indifference.
Quotations
"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity" [George Bernard Shaw The Devil's Disciple]
"I regard you with an indifference closely bordering on aversion" [Robert Louis Stevenson The New Arabian Nights]

indifference

noun
Translations
لا مُبالاه
lhostejnost
ligegladhed
indifférenceje-m’en-foutisme
áhugaleysi, skeytingarleysi
ilgisizlikkayıtsızlık

indifference

[ɪnˈdɪfrəns] Nindiferencia f (to ante) it is a matter of total indifference to meno me importa en lo más mínimo, me es totalmente indiferente

indifference

[ɪnˈdɪfrəns] n (= lack of interest) → indifférence f
indifference to sth → indifférence à qch

indifference

nGleichgültigkeit f(to, towards gegenüber), Indifferenz f (geh)(to, towards gegenüber); it’s a matter of complete indifference to medas ist mir völlig egal or gleichgültig

indifference

[ɪnˈdɪfrns] n (see adj) → indifferenza, mediocrità

indifferent

(inˈdifrənt) adjective
1. (often with to) showing no interest in or not caring about (opinions, events etc). She is quite indifferent to other people's suffering.
2. not very good. He is a rather indifferent card-player.
inˈdifferently adverb
inˈdifference noun
the state of showing no interest in, or concern about, something. She showed complete indifference to the cries of the baby.

indifference

n indiferencia
References in classic literature ?
He wheedled, bribed, ridiculed, threatened, and scolded; affected indifference, that he might surprise the truth from her; declared her knew, then that he didn't care; and at last, by dint of perseverance, he satisfied himself that it concerned Meg and Mr.
Your indifference to education is affecting your characters.
Oh, I'll do what I can, of course," said Tom, with an air of indifference.
He was badly frightened, certainly, and perhaps he even felt some stirrings of remorse for his indifference to the old man's misery and loneliness.
Highcamp, she waited with easy indifference for an opportunity to reclaim his attention.
But the scout, who had placed his chin in his hand, with an expression of cold indifference, gradually suffered his rigid features to relax, until, as verse succeeded verse, he felt his iron nature subdued, while his recollection was carried back to boyhood, when his ears had been accustomed to listen to similar sounds of praise, in the settlements of the colony.
Those mists had gathered, as if to symbolize a great, brooding mass of human trouble, doubt, confusion, and chill indifference, between earth and the better regions.
Hester Prynne, meanwhile, kept her place upon the pedestal of shame, with glazed eyes, and an air of weary indifference.
No doubt, though his indifference must have been awful.
Considering how sociably we had been sleeping together the night previous, and especially considering the affectionate arm I had found thrown over me upon waking in the morning, I thought this indifference of his very strange.
I think his broad brow to be full of a prairie-like placidity, born of a speculative indifference as to death.
Some of the men gather about the bar; some wander about, laughing and singing; here and there will be a little group, chanting merrily, and in sublime indifference to the others and to the orchestra as well.