insensibility


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in·sen·si·ble

 (ĭn-sĕn′sə-bəl)
adj.
1.
a. Imperceptible; inappreciable: an insensible change in temperature.
b. Very small or gradual: insensible movement.
2.
a. Having lost consciousness, especially temporarily; unconscious: lay insensible where he had fallen.
b. Not invested with sensation; inanimate: insensible clay.
c. Devoid of physical sensation or the power to react, as to pain or cold; numb.
3.
a. Unaware; unmindful: I am not insensible of your concern.
b. Not emotionally responsive; indifferent: insensible to criticism.
4. Lacking meaning; unintelligible.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin īnsēnsibilis, imperceivable : in-, not; see in-1 + sēnsibilis, perceptible; see sensible.]

in·sen′si·bil′i·ty, in·sen′si·ble·ness n.
in·sen′si·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.insensibility - a lack of sensibility
unconsciousness - a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
aesthesia, esthesia, sensibility - mental responsiveness and awareness
2.insensibility - devoid of passion or feeling; hardheartedness
insensitiveness, insensitivity - the inability to respond to affective changes in your interpersonal environment
dullness - lack of sensibility; "there was a dullness in his heart"; "without him the dullness of her life crept into her work no matter how she tried to compartmentalize it."

insensibility

noun
Translations

insensibility

[ɪnˌsensəˈbɪlɪtɪ] N
1.insensibilidad f (to a)
2. (= unconsciousness) → inconsciencia f

insensibility

n
(bodily) → Unempfindlichkeit f(to gegenüber); (= unconsciousness)Bewusstlosigkeit f
(= lack of feeling)Gefühllosigkeit f(to gegenüber); insensibility to artUnempfänglichkeit ffür Kunst

insensibility

[ɪnˌsɛnsəˈbɪlɪtɪ] n
a. (Med) (unconsciousness) → incoscienza
b. (fig) (unfeelingness) insensiblity (towards)indifferenza (di fronte a)
References in classic literature ?
Laurence, told the hard story bravely through, and then broke down, crying so dismally over her own insensibility that the kind old gentleman, though sorely disappointed, did not utter a reproach.
Then, in a gust of anger at her insensibility, he shook her maiden form with a violence which, the next moment, it affrighted him to remember.
She had borne that morning all that nature could endure; and as her temperament was not of the order that escapes from too intense suffering by a swoon, her spirit could only shelter itself beneath a stony crust of insensibility, while the faculties of animal life remained entire.
There was only one mercy about the cruel grind--that it gave her the gift of insensibility.
I, who cannot stay in my chamber for a single day without acquiring some rust, and when sometimes I have stolen forth for a walk at the eleventh hour, or four o'clock in the afternoon, too late to redeem the day, when the shades of night were already beginning to be mingled with the daylight, have felt as if I had committed some sin to be atoned for,--I confess that I am astonished at the power of endurance, to say nothing of the moral insensibility, of my neighbors who confine themselves to shops and offices the whole day for weeks and months, aye, and years almost together.
The difficulty was great of driving his strange insensibility towards Harriet, from her mind, while he not only sat at her elbow, but was continually obtruding his happy countenance on her notice, and solicitously addressing her upon every occasion.
His pleasure in music, though it amounted not to that ecstatic delight which alone could sympathize with her own, was estimable when contrasted against the horrible insensibility of the others; and she was reasonable enough to allow that a man of five and thirty might well have outlived all acuteness of feeling and every exquisite power of enjoyment.
Lecount's resolution not to be offended, Captain Wragge's exasperating insensibility to every stroke she aimed at him began to ruffle her.
He awoke from a broken slumber, under the confused impressions which are naturally attendant on the recovery from a state of insensibility.
All these mishaps have befallen thee, hardhearted knight, for the sin of thy insensibility and obstinacy; and God grant thy squire Sancho may forget to whip himself, so that that dearly beloved Dulcinea of thine may never be released from her enchantment, that thou mayest never come to her bed, at least while I who adore thee am alive.
I do not suppose that, when a drunkard reasons with himself upon his vice, he is once out of five hundred times affected by the dangers that he runs through his brutish, physical insensibility; neither had I, long as I had considered my position, made enough allowance for the complete moral insensibility and insensate readiness to evil, which were the leading characters of Edward Hyde.
Each instant he seemed as though he would open his eyes and speak, but then would follow a prolonged stertorous breath, and he would relapse into a more fixed insensibility.