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All the Finches had straight incisive eyebrows and heavy-lidded eyes; when they looked slant-wise, up, or straight ahead, a disinterested observer would catch a glimpse of what May-comb called Family Resemblance.
Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
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disinterested disinterestedness disinterestedly
Word Confusion:  This is often confused with "uninterested" (without interest). We want disinterested, not uninterested, judges.
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  • All the Finches had straight incisive eyebrows and heavy-lidded eyes; when they looked slant-wise, up, or straight ahead, a disinterested observer would catch a glimpse of what May-comb called Family Resemblance.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • He looks up at them, disinterested and maybe disgusted by the baby, because he wanders deeper into the recesses of the cluttered store to get away.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • It’s hard to tell how quickly they’ll reach the police—the volunteers seem utterly disinterested.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • Bits and pieces coalesced in my mind: the thin rim of stubble my dad had developed after a few days on the island; the way my mom, without realizing it, would fiddle with her wedding ring when my dad talked too long about something that disinterested her; my dad’s darting eyes, always checking the horizon on his never-ending search for birds.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • She still greeted me, but in a disinterested way.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • Most of the complaints have come from such civic-minded and disinterested groups as various Fish and Game clubs, while members of the business community — in particular the manufacturers of some well-known brands of ammunition — have lent their weight to the support of these legitimate grievances of the voting public of this Great Dominion, because their grievance is the complaint that the wolves are killing all the deer, and more and more of our fellow citizens are coming back from…
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • When evening finally came he lit the lamps and began to page disinterestedly through a book.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Some small part of me probably fathomed what he intended, and yet I simply watched the scene like a disinterested spectator, whose instant glint of prescience is somehow self-fulfilling.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Gritting her teeth, she glanced around, but the nearby guards and servants remained as disinterested as a concrete wall.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • A tall black woman in a tailored suit, her short-clipped hair touched with gray, slipped out from behind the wheel, handed the car keys to the doorman, and cast a disinterested glance at the house on the hill.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game

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  • I’m in the curious camp myself; but I’m trying to act disinterested.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • Given these considerations, along with the disinterested manner I affected, I am almost sure that it never crossed either Sophie’s or Nathan’s mind that I might be a serious contender for her affections.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Jules came across sullen, brooding, and completely disinterested in Vee’s company or anyone else’s.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Or at least, they pretend to," he adds with a disinterested shrug.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • You may one of these days reap the reward of your disinterested devotion.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • He stared as Jace reached out a hand and gently, almost disinterestedly, caressed the hilt of the sword that had been driven into the floor.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • I, who have so disinterested an affection for you, may increase your miseries tenfold by being an obstacle to your wishes.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • I thought Mr. Jaggers glanced at Joe, as if he considered him a fool for his disinterestedness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • This procedure of theirs, to be sure, was very disinterested and benevolent of them.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • ’Where’ve you been?’ he demanded rudely and disinterestedly, without looking up.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • One or two of the boys watch in a disinterested manner.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • Kohler shrugged, apparently disinterested.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • But, we must say, at the present moment d’Artagnan was ruled by a feeling much more noble and disinterested.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But his wife’s expostulations awoke his half-slumbering regrets; and Tom’s manly disinterestedness increased the unpleasantness of his feelings.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • This was his plan of amends—of atonement—for inheriting their father’s estate; and he thought it an excellent one, full of eligibility and suitableness, and excessively generous and disinterested on his own part.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He didn’t know me, his help was disinterested …. "Hey, Du," he called, "we go’n do it?"
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • It lay as it had lain, one loop off the frame, the brass nozzle on the hall floor, the nozzle pointing disinterestedly away from him.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • It is only necessary for one powerful nation like Russia—barbaric as she is said to be—to place herself disinterestedly at the head of an alliance having for its object the maintenance of the balance of power of Europe, and it would save the world!
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I was simply developing her, entirely disinterestedly, trying to rouse her to protest….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • It clearly being incumbent on some one to say, "Much better," Mr. Lorry said it; perhaps not quite disinterestedly, but with the interested object of squeezing himself back again.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Did you ever in your novel reading come across the old situation of the disinterested wife falling in love with her own husband?
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • As always he looked disinterested.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • He’s a completely disinterested party on this question.
    Jules Verne  --  Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
  • For Quackenbush had been systematically disliked since he first set foot in Devon, with careless, disinterested insults coming at him from the beginning, voting for and applauding the class leaders through years of attaining nothing he wanted for himself.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • In the morning the hounds came back, disinterested, and the men were too tired to beat the banks properly.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • In word and act impeccable, disinterested toward all the realm-though it is king’s justice to hold one man abhorred and love another; no man alive could say Odysseus wronged him.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Their long-standing antagonism kept university scientists free of contaminating industry ties, and whenever debate arose about technological matters, disinterested scientists were available to discuss the issues at the highest levels.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • Except for this moment, Smith, and Hickock too, affected a courtroom attitude that was simultaneously uninterested and disinterested; they chewed gum and tapped their feet with languid impatience as the state summoned its first witness.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • (From the ironing board, like someone disinterested and old) Don’t be so nasty, Bennie.
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Why keep this thing alive, this rumor of disinterestedness?
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • When I learned how repulsive this disinterested violence was, that it was repulsive because it was disinterested, my shame floundered about for refuge.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • Accordingly, if any disinterested persons are present, he turns to them for some reinforcement for his own faltering mind.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • For I am generally disinterested in my love, and think I could be content to make a figure before Miss Larkins, and expire.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Nothing could have been more disinterested: serpent to the core.
    John Gardner  --  Grendel
  • And for your own sake too, or you are carrying your disinterestedness beyond reason.
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • If you think so, you must have a strange opinion of me; you must regard me as a plotting profligate — a base and low rake who has been simulating disinterested love in order to draw you into a snare deliberately laid, and strip you of honour and rob you of self— respect.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • But stranger things have happened; and when we cease to care for each other as we do now, it will be the means of confirming us in that sort of true disinterested friendship which I can already look forward to with pleasure.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • The man who truly and disinterestedly enjoys any one thing in the world, for its own sake, and without caring twopence what other people say about it, is by that very fact fore-armed against some of our subtlest modes of attack.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • ’He is a disinterested, honest man,’ observed Arkady.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • THE LOWEST DEPTHS There disinterestedness vanishes.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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