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aloofness

[uh-loof-nis] /əˈluf nɪs/
noun
1.
the quality or state of being aloof, distant, or reserved; indifference:
His girlfriend's recent aloofness may be a sign that the relationship is over.
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  • It is his aloofness that his audiences resent the most of all.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • She could scarcely endure the aloofness with which he had withdrawn into himself.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • The death of her mother and the aloofness of her father had turned all her ardors back upon herself.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
  • Too long had he cultivated reticence, aloofness, and moroseness.

    White Fang Jack London
  • Catherine listened to the new-comer, and gave him his tea, with an aloofness of manner which was not lost on Langham.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • There is a kind of aloofness in strong men at great moments.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • She loved him, veiling the depth in her vagueness, her aloofness, her indulgent irony.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • He was hurt by the sight of his own life, which ought to have been a masterpiece of aloofness.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • She received him with a smile of welcome, and yet there was a suggestion of aloofness in her demeanour.

    The Everlasting Arms Joseph Hocking
  • Doubtless a policy of aloofness was long the safe policy for us.

    The Ethics of Coperation James Hayden Tufts

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