insouciance
noun Etymology: French, from in- + soucier to trouble, disturb, from Old French, from Latin sollicitare — more at solicit Date: 1799 lighthearted unconcern ; nonchalanceinsouciant adjectiveinsouciantly adverb

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  • insouciance — [ ɛ̃susjɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1752; de insouciant ♦ État ou caractère d une personne insouciante. ⇒ détachement, imprévoyance, indifférence, indolence. L insouciance de la jeunesse. Vivre, travailler dans l insouciance (cf. Ne pas s en faire). « L… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Insouciance — In sou ciance , n. [F.] Carelessness; heedlessness; thoughtlessness; unconcern. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insouciance — index disinterest (lack of interest), disregard (unconcern), indifference Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • insouciance — 1799, from Fr. insouciant carelessness, thoughtlessness, heedlessness, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + se soucier to care, from L. sollicitare to agitate (see SOLICIT (Cf. solicit)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • INSOUCIANCE — s. f. État ou caractère de celui qui est insouciant. Il est là dessus d une grande insouciance. C est un homme d une grande insouciance, d une extrême insouciance. Une coupable insouciance …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • insouciance — (in sou si an s ) s. f. État ou caractère de celui qui est insouciant. •   Du doge rassuré par mon insouciance Rien ne peut ébranler l aveugle confiance, ANCELOT Fiesque, IV, 5. •   Les simples soldats, qui voient toute leur vie dans le moment… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • INSOUCIANCE — n. f. état ou caractère de celui qui est insouciant. C’est un homme d’une extrême insouciance. Une coupable insouciance de l’avenir lui a fait dissiper toute sa fortune …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • insouciance — [[t]ɪnsu͟ːsiəns[/t]] N UNCOUNT Insouciance is lack of concern shown by someone about something which they might be expected to take more seriously. [FORMAL] He replied with characteristic insouciance: So what? Syn: nonchalance …   English dictionary

  • insouciance — in|sou|ci|ance [ınˈsu:siəns] n [U] formal [Date: 1800 1900; : French; Origin: soucier to trouble ] a cheerful feeling of not caring or worrying about anything = ↑nonchalance ▪ an air of insouciance >insouciant adj >insouciantly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • insouciance —    (ihn SOO see ens, enh soo see ANHSS) [French: freedom from worry] The quality of being carefree, lighthearted, or jaunty.    She was able to hide her distress behind a facade of insouciance …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • insouciance — noun (U) formal a cheerful feeling of not caring or worrying about anything: He strolled through the house with an air of insouciance. insouciant adjective insouciantly adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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