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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 ?
Elinor, without observing the varying complexion of her sister, and the animated look which spoke no indifference to the plan, immediately gave a grateful but absolute denial for both, in which she believed herself to be speaking their united inclinations.
Strickland not to pursue it, I could not struggle against his indifference.
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.
Reuter knitted away assiduously; I was aware, however, that at the conclusion of the paragraph, she had lifted her eyelid and honoured me with a glance sideways; she did not know the full excellency of the teacher's style of reading, but she perceived that her accent was not that of the others, and wanted to discover what I thought; I masked my visage with indifference, and ordered the next girl to proceed.
She measured the emotion of his tone, the curious yet perfectly natural indifference of his manner, and she shivered a little.
But beware how you presume on an appearance of indifference, which is nothing but conceit in disguise.
At one moment she was horrified at this indifference, at another she rejoiced at what had brought her to this indifference.
But the surprise rose higher still when the dame, with a body oozing easy indifference at every pore, but eyes that gave it all away by absolutely flaming with vanity, slowly unfolded an actual simon-pure tablecloth and spread it.
Seymour was conscious that he played well, and could he have forgotten the indifference that Miss Henly exhibited to his performance, would have been abundantly flattered with the encomiums that were lavished on his skill.
She is now an object of indifference to him, and she would be one of contempt were he to understand her emotions.
As he entered the picture-gallery and paused for a moment looking at Felix on the sofa, his large, cold, steady gray eyes rested on the little man with an indifference that just verged on contempt.
The former of these teaching the folly and vanity of it, and the latter correcting it as unlawful, and at the same time assuaging it, by raising future hopes and assurances, which enable a strong and religious mind to take leave of a friend, on his deathbed, with little less indifference than if he was preparing for a long journey; and, indeed, with little less hope of seeing him again.