disinterest

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From dis- +‎ interest.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

disinterest (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) What is contrary to interest or advantage; disadvantage. [17th-19th c.]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Glanvill to this entry?)
  2. The absence of bias; impartiality. [from 17th c.]
    • 2012, Christopher Clark, The Sleepwalkers, Penguin 2013, p. 125:
      He maintained a posture of scrupulous disinterest in Balkan affairs […].
  3. A lack of interest; indifference, apathy. [from 19th c.]

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Verb[edit]

disinterest (third-person singular simple present disinterests, present participle disinteresting, simple past and past participle disinterested)

  1. (transitive) To render disinterested.

Adjective[edit]

disinterest (comparative more disinterest, superlative most disinterest)

  1. (obsolete) disinterested
    • Jeremy Taylor
      The measures they shall walk by shall be disinterest and even.

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