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[in-soo-see-uh ns; French an-soo-syahns] /ɪnˈsu si əns; French ɛ̃ suˈsyɑ̃s/
the quality of being insouciant; lack of care or concern; indifference.
Origin of insouciance
1790-1800; < French; see insouciant, -ance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The insouciance that has followed the decay of custom was impossible, because the tribe that gave way to it was lost.

    The Fijians Basil Thomson
  • With that and a superb air of insouciance, he made shift to go.

    The Trampling of the Lilies Rafael Sabatini
  • Aprs nous le deluge seems to him the insouciance of a maniac, or of a monster of selfishness.

    The Secret Life Elizabeth Bisland
  • Perhaps they were affecting a little of that British insouciance you spoke of—'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Yet even in his insouciance there was something engaging; something almost of distinction.

    Wyoming, a Story of the Outdoor West William MacLeod Raine
  • That's the kind of man I really like, chirping his insouciance.

  • He brought charges against the weird world of Presles with an insouciance and brutality which defeated their own aim.

    A Book of Scoundrels Charles Whibley
  • Idleness and insouciance had few temptations for them, cynicism was abhorrent to them.

    Victorian Worthies George Henry Blore
Word Origin and History for insouciance

1799, from French insouciant "carelessness, thoughtlessness, heedlessness," from in- "not" (see in- (1)) + se soucier "to care," from Latin sollicitare "to agitate" (see solicit).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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