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impassive

[im-pas-iv] /ɪmˈpæs ɪv/
adjective
1.
without emotion; apathetic; unmoved.
2.
calm; serene.
3.
unconscious; insensible.
4.
not subject to suffering.
Origin of impassive
1660-1670
1660-70; im-2 + passive
Related forms
impassively, adverb
impassiveness, impassivity
[im-pa-siv-i-tee] /ˌɪm pæˈsɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. emotionless, phlegmatic, stoical, indifferent, undisturbed, unperturbed. 2. tranquil, unruffled, composed. 4. unaffected; unflinching.
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  • When I went over to my own room I found my man waiting, impassive as the copper head on a penny, to pull off my boots.

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
  • When the Inspector took thought to look at her, she was as impassive as before.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • Again the spade resumed its work; and the impassive earth returned dully to its former resting-place.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • I looked at the impassive face of the spokesman with the wand.

    The Room in the Dragon Volant J. Sheridan LeFanu
  • She wondered that she did not; when she thought of it all, she was shocked to find herself so impassive.

    The Fatal Glove Clara Augusta Jones Trask
  • He stood there bareheaded, impassive and quiet, listening to the great voice of the mass.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • The impassive face of the friend showed neither surprise nor confusion at what must have been to him a most unexpected encounter.

  • Behold, your friend the kaimkam is gloomy and impassive as a camel; what can you do?

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for impassive

impassive

/ɪmˈpæsɪv/
adjective
1.
not revealing or affected by emotion; reserved
2.
calm; serene; imperturbable
3.
(rare) unconscious or insensible
Derived Forms
impassively, adverb
impassiveness, impassivity (ˌɪmpæˈsɪvɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for impassive
adj.

1660s, "not feeling pain," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + passive. Meaning "void of emotions" is from 1690s. Related: Impassively; impassiveness (1640s).

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