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aloofness

Noun

1 indifference by personal withdrawal; "emotional distance" [syn: distance]
2 a disposition to be distant and unsympathetic in manner [syn: remoteness, standoffishness, withdrawnness]

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Etymology

Noun

  1. The state of being aloof

Quotations

  • 1956 — Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 49
    She wouldn't lose him without a struggle: his aloofness and indifference set a challenge which she could not resist.
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