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insouciance

[in-soo-see-uh ns; French an-soo-syahns] /ɪnˈsu si əns; French ɛ̃ suˈsyɑ̃s/
noun
1.
the quality of being insouciant; lack of care or concern; indifference.
Origin
1790-1800
1790-1800; < French; see insouciant, -ance
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  • The insouciance of the bond market reflects a few things.
  • Lobbied for by designers and musicians, it is intended to convey instant insouciance.
  • With the fiscal crisis in parts of the euro zone barely contained, such insouciance seemed odd.
  • At public meetings or in television interviews he brushes off boos, taunts and evidence with a supreme insouciance.
  • insouciance seems less likely when the starting point is much higher debt.
  • Much of the art world accepted him for what he was even as he hid his own self-doubt under a gee-shucks insouciance.
  • Then came the hours practicing artful citrus peels, and the insouciance concerning drinks of raw egg whites.
  • All this playfulness lends the live-action movie an insouciance that keeps the story amusingly off-kilter.
  • Initially she is annoyed by his insouciance, but she finds that she is irresistibly attracted to him.
  • Archie can't admit that he's a failure, and his grim insouciance destroys everyone around him.
Word Origin and History for insouciance
n.

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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