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Definition lighthearted unconcern
  • an elegantly insouciant manner
  • an utterly insouciant financial policy
  • Ruth knows that I am lying, but she pretends to believe me, chattering on with a forced insouciance.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Powell sighed, then smiled as a highly poised teen-ager appeared at the head of the stairs and came down with grand insouciance.
    Alfred Bester  --  The Demolished Man
  • He smiled at Jurgis confidingly, and then started talking again, with his blissful insouciance.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He stretched, yawned hugely, and with an appearance of idle insouciance began to amble nff toward the spot where Albert lay.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • In this setting, another, more insouciant company had hunkered down.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • These calls are familiar to Pari, but repetition has not led to insouciance on her part.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • But in the final set, when the challenger has nothing left to lose, he becomes relaxed again, insouciant, daring.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • I had neversmoked a cigarette, and I tried to imitate Mark's brooding, sorrowful insouciance as he blew symmetrical plumes of smoke toward the ceiling.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Where other elite athletes betray their doubts about their capacities with displays of touchy egotism, Woolf was utterly insouciant.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • There was a word for him that her mother would have used—insouciant.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Chamberlin had planned the meeting as a trap to try to shatter Holmes's imperturbable facade, and was impressed with Holmes's ability to maintain his insouciance despite the rancor in the room.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • He tossed his noble head with arrogant, insouciant pleasure, as if totally possessed by the fluid grace which sculpted and gave motion to his galloping forelegs and hindquarters and by the furiously healthy power energizing his being.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • 'And just in time, too,' announced the doctor with whom Yossarian next found himself alone, a tall, torpedo-shaped congenial man with an unshaven growth of brown beard and a pack of cigarettes in his shirt pocket that he chain-smoked insouciantly as he leaned against the wall.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The word seems unduly fiery when one remembers the smiling, insouciant manner of his divergences from the conventional type; yet he was inveterately himself, and not some schoolmaster's or tailor's or barber's version of Gray Stoddard; and in this, though Johnnie did not know it, lay the strength of his charm for her.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • But for all their apparent insouciance in the face of falling shells and shorter rations, for all their ignoring the Yankees, barely half a mile away, and for all their boundless confidence in the ragged line of gray men in the rifle pits, there pulsed, just below the skin of Atlanta, a wild uncertainty over what the next day would bring.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Too insouciant, in reaction from the late disturbance, she had assumed the privileges of a child—the result being to remind the Divers of their exclusive love for their own children; Rosemary was sharply rebuked in a short passage between the women: "You'd better leave the message with a waiter," Nicole's voice was stern and unmodulated, "we're leaving immediately."
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • By the selection of horses, the magnificence of the chariot, the attitude, and display of person—above all, by the expression of the cold, sharp, eagle features, imperialized in his countrymen by sway of the world through so many generations, Ben-Hur knew Messala unchanged, as haughty, confident, and audacious as ever, the same in ambition, cynicism, and mocking insouciance.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • When she scratched the screen door, as in the old days, and stepped inside, the dishes piled in the sink looked as though they belonged there; the dust on the lamps sparkled; the hair brush lying on the "good" sofa in the living room did not have to be apologetically retrieved, and Nel's grimy intractable children looked like three wild things happily insouciant in the May shine.
    Toni Morrison  --  Sula

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