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disinterest

[dis-in-ter-ist, -trist] /dɪsˈɪn tər ɪst, -trɪst/
noun
1.
absence of interest; indifference.
verb (used with object)
2.
to divest of interest or concern.
Origin of disinterest
1605-1615
1605-15; dis-1 + interest
Can be confused
disinterest, uninterest.
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  • He did not wait to see more, but passed on with all evidences of disinterest in this lowly abode.

    Merton of the Movies Harry Leon Wilson
  • “Oh,” she said, with all the tonelessness of disinterest, and went on with her stitching.

  • At the mention of Jeffard's name, Constance borrowed the mask of disinterest, and laid her commands on Bartrow.

    The Helpers Francis Lynde
  • Before them, Clarens' disinterest had gradually become absorbed attention.

    Take the Reason Prisoner John Joseph McGuire
  • She made the word twice its length, and filled it with disinterest.

    The Black Moth Georgette Heyer
British Dictionary definitions for disinterest

disinterest

/dɪsˈɪntrɪst; -tərɪst/
noun
1.
freedom from bias or involvement
2.
lack of interest; indifference
verb
3.
(transitive) to free from concern for personal interests
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