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A journalist should be a dispassionate reporter of fact.
  unaffected by strong emotion or bias
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dispassionate dispassionately
Note that "dis-" can mean without; e.g., disheartened, disinterested, dispassionate, disregard.
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  • A journalist should be a dispassionate reporter of fact.
  • He summed them up dispassionately.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • Looking at the matter dispassionately, I shared his view.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • A dispassionate white sun shone at the summit of the sky.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar

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  • "...I refuse to pity you in the manner to which you are well accustomed."
    "I don’t want your pity," I said.
    "Like all sick children," he answered dispassionately, "you say you don’t want pity, but your very existence depends upon it."
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I turned my head to see Father, looking on dispassionately, as his son "mooned" him and as the brown seepage spilled into the bucket.
    Dave Pelzer  --  A Child Called It
  • In high-stakes, fast-moving situations, we don’t want to be as dispassionate and purely rational as the Iowa ventromedial patients.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • (HONEY is weeping louder)
    GEORGE (Quietly, dispassionately): I thought you should know.
    Edward Albee  --  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • But what I am really saying is that the law is strong and gracious enough to allow all of us to sit here in this court room today and try this case with dispassionate interest, and not tremble with fear that at this very moment some half-human black ape may be climbing through the windows of our homes to rape, murder, and burn our daughters!
    Richard Wright  --  Native Son
  • A column is a personal take, and as such, it’s less dispassionate than a straight news story.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist

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  • He spilled some wine and stared down at it dispassionately.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • Sometimes he drove by the building, just to feel how dispassionately he could look upon it.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • The Soc textbook had described the reasons behind bloodlust in logical, dispassionate words that didn’t begin to represent the truth of it.
    P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast  --  Betrayed
  • Mami seemed anxious, in her usual dispassionate way.
    Junot Diaz  --  Drown
  • "First," he said dispassionately, "hold your tongue.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • The Commandant steps into the corridor and surveys me dispassionately, ignoring Veturius.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • A man fell to his knees, wrapping his arms around the legs of a woman in red gear; she looked at him dispassionately, then drove her sword down between his shoulder blades.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • "I’m not a genius," Colin said dispassionately.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • This one massive miscarriage of justice had afflicted the whole community with despair and made it hard for me to be dispassionate.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Soon I was floating on a sea of dispassionate calm.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • An examiner watches dispassionately.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Swept with sudden nausea, light-headed and with a perilous tingling moving across her limbs like the faint prickling of a multitude of needles, Sophie watched with dispassionate curiosity as Sholom Weiss’s face, sullenly inflexible in its graven unpleasantness, seemed to float away ever so slightly from the neck and the confining collar.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Science on the other hand is dispassionate and without bias, it is the only universal language.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Jamie surveyed the scene with dispassionate eyes for a moment, still braced by the wall.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • McCandless’s strange tale struck a personal note that made a dispassionate rendering of the tragedy impossible.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Keating explained, precisely, dispassionately, relating his conversation with Toohey as if it were the summary of a court transcript he had read long ago.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Consider the matter dispassionately, Mr. Foster, and you will see that no offence is so heinous as unorthodoxy of behaviour.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • Jane, I am not a gentle-tempered man — you forget that: I am not long-enduring; I am not cool and dispassionate.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • "We’ve got six dogs," the other reiterated dispassionately.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
  • He made a step back and said in a strange tone of dispassionate wonder, "We’re a couple of blackguards, aren’t we?"
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • She had spoken quietly, dispassionately, and with firm, unbending resolution.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • It must be quite traumatic, thought Butler dispassionately, to lose an advantage that you’ve held for centuries.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • Masterly I call it, and such it must appear to any dispassionate thinker.
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • Normal Clary, she thought dispassionately, would have screamed at the sight of her brother, floating still and dead-looking and totally unmoving in what looked like Snow White’s glass coffin.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • "Get up," Miss Desjardin said dispassionately.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • Merlyn made a visible effort to control his temper, and to consider this question dispassionately.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Colonel Cathcart braced himself with the knowledge that he was one of General Peckem’s favorites and took charge of the meeting, snapping his words out crisply to the attentive audience of subordinate officers with the bluff and dispassionate toughness he had picked up from General Dreedle.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • ’I think, Clara,’ said Mr. Murdstone, in a low grave voice, ’that there may be better and more dispassionate judges of such a question than you.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • My friend looked at me dispassionately.
    Agatha Christie  --  The ABC Murders
  • "Yes," Willie replied, looking at Mr. Duffy innocently, judicially, dispassionately.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • ’Sph’nching, or the separation of random body parts,’ said Wilkie Twycross dispassionately, ’occurs when the mind is insufficiently determined.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • You are not impulsive, you are not romantic, you are accustomed to view everything from the strong dispassionate ground of reason and calculation.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He was by nature critical and rather dispassionate.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • Barbara looks at her dispassionately.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • It was impossible to make the confession more dispassionately, or in a tone less encouraging to the vanity of the person addressed.
    Edith Wharton  --  The Age of Innocence
  • "Pardon me," returned Mr. Vholes, going on in exactly the same inward and dispassionate manner.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Eragon spoke dispassionately, as if commenting on a stranger’s misfortune, but within him raged a torrent of hurt so deep and wild, he felt Saphira withdraw somewhat from him.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Moreover, Speranski, either because he appreciated the other’s capacity or because he considered it necessary to win him to his side, showed off his dispassionate calm reasonableness before Prince Andrew and flattered him with that subtle flattery which goes hand in hand with self-assurance and consists in a tacit assumption that one’s companion is the only man besides oneself capable of understanding the folly of the rest of mankind and the reasonableness and profundity of one’s own…
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • To cover that story dispassionately was beyond me.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • It was his fate in life to have his equanimity always mistaken for pluck, whereas it was actually something much more dispassionate and much less virile.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
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