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Thursday, March 21, 2013

Definitions for insouciance

  1. the quality of being insouciant; lack of care or concern; indifference.

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Citations for insouciance
He kept dropping an Indian club and picking it up with forced and scowling insouciance. John Banville, Eclipse, 2007
Gleason gave me a warning or two about the possible dangers into which my insouciance might yet lead me. Gore Vidal, Death in the Fifth Position, 1952
Origin of insouciance
1790-1800
The Latin root sollicitaire coupled with the negating prefix in- literally means "to not disturb or agitate." This adjective entered English in the nineteenth century, shortly after the noun form insouciance started being used by English speakers.