Definition of indifference in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈdif(ə)rəns/


1Lack of interest, concern, or sympathy: she shrugged, feigning indifference
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  • He said he was frustrated by people's indifference and lack of interest in the work of the town council.
  • If international criticism or indifference does not arouse concern for how we look to others, what will?
  • As expected, responses varied widely from impassioned anger to passive indifference.
lack of concern, unconcern, disinterest, lack of interest, lack of enthusiasm, apathy, nonchalance, insouciance;
boredom, unresponsiveness, impassivity, dispassion, detachment, coolness
1.1Unimportance: it cannot be regarded as a matter of indifference
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  • If their teachers do not seriously try to teach history, then they will be replicas of our generation for whom history is a matter of indifference.
  • Mass-murder and suffering were a matter of indifference to them.
  • It is not a matter of indifference to Scots how the English elect to run their education system.
unimportance, insignificance, irrelevance, inconsequentiality


Late Middle English (in the sense 'being neither good nor bad'): from Latin indifferentia, from in- 'not' + different- 'differing, deferring' (from the verb differre).

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Syllabification: in·dif·fer·ence

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