[in-dif-er-uhns, -dif-ruhns]
lack of interest or concern: We were shocked by their indifference toward poverty.
unimportance; little or no concern: Whether or not to attend the party is a matter of indifference to him.
the quality or condition of being indifferent.
mediocre quality; mediocrity.

1400–50; late Middle English, variant of indifferency < Latin indifferentia. See indifferent, -ence, -ency

superindifference, noun

1. Indifference, unconcern, listlessness, apathy, insensibility all imply lack of feeling. Indifference denotes an absence of feeling or interest; unconcern an absence of concern or solicitude, a calm or cool indifference in the face of what might be expected to cause uneasiness or apprehension; listlessness an absence of inclination or interest, a languid indifference to what is going on about one; apathy a profound intellectual and emotional indifference suggestive of faculties either naturally sluggish or dulled by emotional disturbance, mental illness, or prolonged sickness; insensibility an absence of capacity for feeling or of susceptibility to emotional influences.

1. eagerness, responsiveness. Unabridged
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indifference (ɪnˈdɪfrəns, -fərəns)
1.  the fact or state of being indifferent; lack of care or concern
2.  lack of quality; mediocrity
3.  lack of importance; insignificance
4.  See principle of indifference

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Word Origin & History

1530s, from L. indifferentia, noun of quality from indifferentem (see indifferent).
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Example sentences
Each day she greets me with offhand indifference but slowly warms to my
Then she turns to regard us with a look of infinite and bored indifference.
Such was his later regret about his student indifference.
Maybe their also hampered by lack of funding or parental indifference.
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