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impersonality

[im-pur-suh-nal-i-tee] /ɪmˌpɜr səˈnæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural impersonalities for 6.
1.
absence of human character or of the traits associated with the human character:
He feared the impersonality of a mechanized world.
2.
absence or reduction of concern for individual needs or desires:
the impersonality of a very large institution.
3.
lack of emotional involvement:
His work reflected a certain impersonality.
4.
lack of a personal agent or of a known personal agent:
the impersonality of folk art.
5.
the quality of not being concerned with particular persons:
the impersonality and universality of his interests.
6.
something that is impersonal.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; impersonal + -ity
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Examples for impersonality
  • The narrative voice achieves its effects through a frigid impersonality chilled further by an ironic self-consciousness.
  • The impersonality of his art was linked to his own commitment to the courtly ideal of ascetic reserve.
  • Still, for me as an applicant, the impersonality of the process was disconcerting.
  • It is the hopeless fight of mind against instinct, of determination against fate, of personality against impersonality.
  • And the poet cannot reach this impersonality without surrendering himself wholly to the work to be done.
  • Yet the film's influence was limited, perhaps due to its surprising impersonality.
  • In the modern financial system, by contrast, risk evaluation involves two things: impersonality and outsourcing.
  • The honors were more and more vague, confused by the ghastly, suffering needs of this broken host and by his final impersonality.
  • But impersonality and transparency remain, to a great extent, the claims of contemporary journalism.
  • But for the poor, the impersonality and rudeness of large hospitals were often deterring factors in seeking care at all.
Word Origin and History for impersonality
n.

1769, from impersonal + -ity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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