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nonchalance

[non-shuh-lahns, non-shuh-lahns, -luh ns] /ˌnɒn ʃəˈlɑns, ˈnɒn ʃəˌlɑns, -ləns/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being nonchalant; cool indifference or lack of concern; casualness.
Origin
1670-1680
1670-80; < French; see nonchalant, -ance
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  • It chose not to, adding a worry that anti-Semitism displays are being met with inexcusable nonchalance.
  • My nervous attempt at nonchalance was obviously insufficient.
  • The validity of entire chapters in history are denied with chilling nonchalance.
  • What is even more astounding is the nonchalance of the clients.
  • The government must provide education to those deprived so far threated with nonchalance.
  • No doubt it was the nonchalance of the painter's style that prompted the conclusion.
  • On such occasions, he abandoned his studied nonchalance toward things military.
  • McCarthy is capable of charming nonchalance but has little occasion to display it here.
  • His demeanor off the court mirrors his calm and nonchalance on it.
  • Although a calm is welcome, nonchalance is not justified.
Word Origin and History for nonchalance
n.

1670s, from French nonchalance (13c.), from nonchalant (see nonchalant).

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