disinterestedness

[ dis-in-tuh-res-tid, -tri-stid ]SEE DEFINITION OF disinterestedness
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The purity and disinterestedness of their conduct should be made apparent.

Linda realized that she had overdone her disinterestedness a trifle.

"What a chaste specimen of disinterestedness her Ladyship's own letter," said Mary.

His loyalty, his disinterestedness, his honesty, all established.

What strikes one most in his work is the disinterestedness of the toiler.

But, dear, don't you see that it proves the reality, the disinterestedness of your love for him?

But the emperor's disinterestedness was only the result of his despondency.

He wound up his discourse with some theatrical talk about disinterestedness.

Heroism and disinterestedness are rising up, here and there, in the earth.

And yet he was prepared to go still further in disinterestedness.

WORD ORIGIN

1610s, "unconcerned," the sense we now would ascribe to uninterested, with the sense of "impartial" going to disinteressed (c.1600). See dis- + interest. Modern sense of disinterested is first attested 1650s. As things now stand, disinterested means "free from personal bias," while uninterested means "caring nothing for the matter in question." Related: Disinterestedly; disinterestedness.

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