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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 ?
Albert, however, hoped to indemnify himself for all these slights and indifferences during the Carnival, knowing full well that among the different states and kingdoms in which this festivity is celebrated, Rome is the spot where even the wisest and gravest throw off the usual rigidity of their lives, and deign to mingle in the follies of this time of liberty and relaxation.
The man who had performed this daring act with so much indifference wore the Transtevere costume.
In ten minutes after the strangers had departed, Franz was on the road to the Piazza de Spagni, listening with studied indifference to the learned dissertation delivered by Albert, after the manner of Pliny and Calpurnius, touching the iron-pointed nets used to prevent the ferocious beasts from springing on the spectators.