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 ?
An apology for the insensibility of Mr Jones to all the charms of the lovely Sophia; in which possibly we may, in a considerable degree, lower his character in the estimation of those men of wit and gallantry who approve the heroes in most of our modern comedies.
You may be--you must be--well assured that nothing but the strongest conviction of duty could induce me to wound my own feelings by urging a lengthened separation, and of insensibility to yours you will hardly suspect me.
He sank back again in renewed insensibility and rigidity, which lasted for many hours, and was only broken by a flickering return of consciousness, in which he took passively everything that was given to him, and seemed to have a sort of infantine satisfaction in Maggie's near presence,--such satisfaction as a baby has when it is returned to the nurse's lap.
Nature had made him a butt, but had denied him insensibility.
But since you mention me so pointedly, I will acknowledge that I should like to impart to you a little of my--come, sir, you are disposed to call it insensibility, and I am sure I have no objection--say insensibility--a little of my insensibility.
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.
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.
We do well to worship God in His works; and I know none of them in which so many of His attributes--so much of His own spirit shines, as in this His faithful servant; whom to know and not to appreciate, were obtuse insensibility in me, who have so little else to occupy my heart.
For the expectation of gratitude is mean, and is continually punished by the total insensibility of the obliged person.
She understands that my Lord is to be removed from his room in a convenient state of insensibility.
Some have such a vast appetite for the former commodity, that is, the news, and such sound digestive organs, that they can sit forever in public avenues without stirring, and let it simmer and whisper through them like the Etesian winds, or as if inhaling ether, it only producing numbness and insensibility to pain -- otherwise it would often be painful to bear -- without affecting the consciousness.
I believe he was much disappointed that I did not feel his offensive sayings more acutely, for when he had said anything particularly well calculated to hurt my feelings, he would stare me searchingly in the face, and then grumble against my 'marble heart' or my 'brutal insensibility.