aloofness

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Etymology[edit]

From aloof +‎ -ness.

Noun[edit]

aloofness (usually uncountable, plural aloofnesses)

  1. The state of being aloof
    • 1956, Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, page 49:
      She wouldn't lose him without a struggle: his aloofness and indifference set a challenge which she could not resist.
    • 2004, Alan Hollinghurst, The Line of Beauty, Bloomsbury, 2005, Chapter 6,
      Where was he now? Nick was still in the alien high reach of the road, with the canal and the council estates, and longing for the other end, his own end, the safety and aloofness of white stucco and private gardens.

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