aloofness


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a·loof

 (ə-lo͞of′)
adj.
1. Emotionally reserved or indifferent: an aloof manner.
2. Distant or uninvolved: remained aloof from political movements.

[a- + luff, windward part of a ship (obsolete).]

a·loof′ly adv.
a·loof′ness n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.aloofness - indifference by personal withdrawalaloofness - indifference by personal withdrawal; "emotional distance"
indifference - unbiased impartial unconcern
2.aloofness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manneraloofness - a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner
unsociability, unsociableness - an unsociable disposition; avoiding friendship or companionship
unapproachability - a disposition to be unapproachable; unfriendly and inaccessible
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aloofness

noun
Dissociation from one's surroundings or worldly affairs:
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Translations
إبْتِعاد، إنْعِزَال، تَحَفُّظ
odměřenost
afmålthedkølighedreserverethed
fáskiptni
kayıtsızlıkuzaklık

aloofness

[əˈluːfnɪs] Nactitud f distante
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

aloofness

[əˈluːfnɪs] nréserve f, attitude f distante
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

aloofness

nUnnahbarkeit f
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aloofness

[əˈluːfnɪs] nriserbo, distacco
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

aloof

(əˈluːf) adverb
apart or at a distance from other people. I kept aloof from the whole business.
adjective
not sociable and friendly. People find the new teacher rather aloof.
aˈloofness noun
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References in classic literature ?
Larry wore this air of official aloofness even on the street, where there were no car-windows to compromise his dignity.
His appearance was wild and uncouth; there was aloofness in his eyes and sensuality in his mouth; he was big and strong; he gave the impression of untamed passion; and perhaps she felt in him, too, that sinister element which had made me think of those wild beings of the world's early history when matter, retaining its early connection with the earth, seemed to possess yet a spirit of its own.
Oblonsky had more than once experienced this extreme sense of aloofness, instead of intimacy, coming on after dinner, and he knew what to do in such cases.
Bert and Billy were awkward and silent, oppressed by a strange aloofness. But Mary embraced Saxon with fond anxiousness.
Consequently there became established between us relations which, to a large extent, were incomprehensible to me, considering her general pride and aloofness. For example, although she knew that I was madly in love with her, she allowed me to speak to her of my passion (though she could not well have showed her contempt for me more than by permitting me, unhindered and unrebuked, to mention to her my love).
He insinuated that his aloofness was due to distaste for all that was common and low.
He was conscious of an aloofness from everything earthly and a strange and joyous lightness of existence.
She was very pale and seemed to have wrapped herself in her old mantle of aloofness. But her eyes had lost the look which had haunted Gilbert; they were cold and bright; and she proceeded to discuss details with him in a crisp, business-like way.
She felt his aloofness. It awoke in her some of the enthusiasm with which this mission itself had failed to inspire her.
There was in the immobility of that bloodless face the dreadful aloofness of suffering without remedy.
True, I noticed a certain aloofness on the part of my general friends, but this I ascribed to the disapproval that was prevalent in my circles of my intended marriage with Ernest.
Walter Pater (1839-1894), an Oxford Fellow, also represents distinctly the spirit of unworldliness, which in his case led to a personal aloofness from active life.