Disinterest Dis*in"ter*est, v. t. To divest of interest or interested motives. [Obs.] --Feltham. [1913 Webster]

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  • disinterest — is 17c and has two current meanings corresponding to those of the more commonly used word disinterested. These are (1) impartiality, (2) lack of interest. A third meaning, ‘something contrary to one s advantage’, is now virtually obsolete. The… …   Modern English usage

  • Disinterest — Dis*in ter*est, p. a. Disinterested. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The measures they shall walk by shall be disinterest and even. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Disinterest — Dis*in ter*est, n. 1. What is contrary to interest or advantage; disadvantage. [Obs.] Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 2. Indifference to profit; want of regard to private advantage; disinterestedness. [Obs.] Johnson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • disinterest — I (lack of interest) noun aloofness, apathy, boredom, callousness, carelessness, coolness, detachment, disdain, disinterestedness, disregard, heedlessness, inappetance, inappetancy, inattention, inattentiveness, inconsideration, incuriosity,… …   Law dictionary

  • disinterest — ► NOUN 1) impartiality. 2) lack of interest …   English terms dictionary

  • disinterest — [dis in′trəst, disint′ər əst] n. 1. lack of personal or selfish interest 2. lack of interest or concern; indifference …   English World dictionary

  • disinterest — [[t]dɪsɪ̱ntrəst[/t]] N UNCOUNT: oft N in n If there is disinterest in something, people are not interested in it. The fact Liberia has no oil seems to explain foreign disinterest in its internal affairs... We have had to contend with the… …   English dictionary

  • disinterest — dis|in|terest [dısˈıntrıst] n [U] 1.) a lack of interest disinterest in ▪ The exception to Balfour s disinterest in social issues was education. 2.) when you are able to judge a situation fairly because you are not involved in it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • disinterest — noun (U) a lack of interest (+ in): The exception to Balfour s disinterest in social issues was education …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • disinterest — I. transitive verb Date: 1612 to cause to regard something with no interest or concern II. noun Date: 1658 1. disinterestedness 2. lack of interest ; indifference …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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