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[uh-loof-nis] /əˈluf nɪs/
the quality or state of being distant, cold, or uninterested; an appearance of being above the fray; indifference:
Some pundits think the president's aloofness has diminished his ability to connect with the electorate.
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Examples for aloofness
  • His aloofness makes him a curiosity in a government with a populist style.
  • There lack of empathy and tendency toward aloofness results from defense of the ego.
  • To a less paranoid audience, his affect comes across as aloofness or ambivalence.
  • But there are also great paintings that take time to win us over and have a built-in, minutely calculated aloofness.
  • Inevitably, there was a certain stiffness and aloofness in his personality.
  • He was an exceptional teacher, his aloofness and apparent austerity only half concealing the intensity of his visual responses.
  • She is graceful and carries her rôle with a captivating air of aloofness.
  • As a result, there was an executioner's aloofness to his reign: it was easy to extol, more difficult to embrace.
  • Players of contemporary video games, by contrast, don't get this strategic aloofness.
  • His abstraction and seeming aloofness were the first things conspicuous about him.

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