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without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
  • I would rather have a good second husband than an indifferent first.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (14% in)
indifferent = disinterested (having no interest)
  • After he was gone, Dorothea dwelt with some agitation on this indifference of his; and her mind was much exercised with arguments drawn from the varying conditions of climate which modify human needs, and from the admitted wickedness of pagan despots.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (24% in)
  • "I don't pretend to argue with a lady on politics," said Mr. Brooke, with an air of smiling indifference, but feeling rather unpleasantly conscious that this attack of Mrs. Cadwallader's had opened the defensive campaign to which certain rash steps had exposed him.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (41% in)
  • On the contrary, having the amiable vanity which knits us to those who are fond of us, and disinclines us to those who are indifferent, and also a good grateful nature, the mere idea that a woman had a kindness towards him spun little threads of tenderness from out his heart towards hers.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (48% in)
  • As it was, she constantly doubted her own conclusions, because she felt her own ignorance: how could she be confident that one-roomed cottages were not for the glory of God, when men who knew the classics appeared to conciliate indifference to the cottages with zeal for the glory?
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (50% in)
  • I wonder a man like you, Cadwallader—a man with daughters, can look at the affair with indifference: and with such a heart as yours!
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (54% in)
  • But any one watching keenly the stealthy convergence of human lots, sees a slow preparation of effects from one life on another, which tells like a calculated irony on the indifference or the frozen stare with which we look at our unintroduced neighbor.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (78% in)
  • I want to ride so much, it is indifferent to me where we go.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (84% in)
  • "Oh, Mr. Lydgate!" said Mary, with an unmistakable lapse into indifference.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (94% in)
  • Rosamond, though no older than Mary, was rather used to being fallen in love with; but she, for her part, had remained indifferent and fastidiously critical towards both fresh sprig and faded bachelor.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (98% in)
  • To his present visitor, Lydgate, the scrutinizing look was a matter of indifference: he simply formed an unfavorable opinion of the banker's constitution, and concluded that he had an eager inward life with little enjoyment of tangible things.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (1% in)
  • She was certainly treating him with more indifference than usual: she did not know how affectionately indignant he had felt on her behalf up-stairs.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (13% in)
  • Many men have been praised as vividly imaginative on the strength of their profuseness in indifferent drawing or cheap narration:—reports of very poor talk going on in distant orbs; or portraits of Lucifer coming down on his bad errands as a large ugly man with bat's wings and spurts of phosphorescence; or exaggerations of wantonness that seem to reflect life in a diseased dream.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (41% in)
  • It would really have been a matter of total indifference to him—that is to say, he would have taken the more convenient side, and given his vote for the appointment of Tyke without any hesitation—if he had not cared personally for Mr. Farebrother.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (53% in)
  • With his taper stuck before him he forgot the absence of windows, and in bitter manuscript remarks on other men's notions about the solar deities, he had become indifferent to the sunlight.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (73% in)
  • He was the elder by several years, but at that moment he looked much the younger, for his transparent complexion flushed suddenly, and he spoke with a shyness extremely unlike the ready indifference of his manner with his male companion, while Dorothea became all the calmer with a wondering desire to put him at ease.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (80% in)
  • "Well, but how—we only want eighteen—here, put the rest back, child,—but how did you know about it?" said Caleb, who, in his unconquerable indifference to money, was beginning to be chiefly concerned about the relation the affair might have to Mary's affections.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (32% in)
  • While Celia was gone he walked up and down remembering what he had originally felt about Dorothea's engagement, and feeling a revival of his disgust at Mr. Brooke's indifference.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (63% in)
  • Mr. Bulstrode in things worldly and indifferent was disposed to do what his wife bade him, and she now, without telling her reasons, desired him on the next opportunity to find out in conversation with Mr. Lydgate whether he had any intention of marrying soon.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (76% in)
  • Her most cheerful supposition was that her aunt Bulstrode had interfered in some way to hinder Lydgate's visits: everything was better than a spontaneous indifference in him.
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (79% in)
  • "Oh, very well; this confounded rain has hindered me from sketching," said Will, feeling so happy that he affected indifference with delightful ease.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (38% in)
  • Our sense of duty must often wait for some work which shall take the place of dilettanteism and make us feel that the quality of our action is not a matter of indifference.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (30% in)
  • Meanwhile the crowd became denser, and as the political personage neared the end of his speech, Mr. Brooke felt a remarkable change in his sensations while he still handled his eye-glass, trifled with documents before him, and exchanged remarks with his committee, as a man to whom the moment of summons was indifferent.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (72% in)
  • If you are speaking on my behalf, I can assure you that no question can be more indifferent and impersonal to me than second marriage.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (14% in)
  • It was an inference with a conspicuous handle to it, and had been easily drawn by indifferent observers, that Lydgate was in debt; and he could not succeed in keeping out of his mind for long together that he was every day getting deeper into that swamp, which tempts men towards it with such a pretty covering of flowers and verdure.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (51% in)
  • No introduction of the business could have been less like that which Lydgate had intended; but her indifferent manner had been too provoking.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (55% in)
  • Hence Fred talked by preference of what he considered indifferent news, and "a propos of that young Ladislaw" mentioned what he had heard at Lowick Parsonage.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (63% in)
  • Rosamond turned her neck and patted her hair, looking the image of placid indifference.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (63% in)
  • The auctioneer's glance, which had been searching round him with a preternatural susceptibility to all signs of bidding, here dropped on the paper before him, and his voice too dropped into a tone of indifferent despatch as he said, "Mr.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (69% in)
  • Mentally surrounded with that past again, Bulstrode had the same pleas—indeed, the years had been perpetually spinning them into intricate thickness, like masses of spider-web, padding the moral sensibility; nay, as age made egoism more eager but less enjoying, his soul had become more saturated with the belief that he did everything for God's sake, being indifferent to it for his own.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (81% in)
  • It was as if a crowd of indifferent objects had thrust them asunder, and forced them along different paths, taking them farther and farther away from each other, and making it useless to look back.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (99% in)
  • ...but that was gone: Rosamond would not confess to herself how much the consequent blank had to do with her utter ennui; and it seemed to her (perhaps she was right) that an invitation to Quallingham, and an opening for Lydgate to settle elsewhere than in Middlemarch—in London, or somewhere likely to be free from unpleasantness—would satisfy her quite well, and make her indifferent to the absence of Will Ladislaw, towards whom she felt some resentment for his exaltation of Mrs. Casaubon.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (25% in)
  • "I have more than once stayed here a few nights for the sake of seclusion," said Bulstrode, indifferently; "I am quite disposed to do so now.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (66% in)
  • "You look ill yourself, Mr. Lydgate—a most unusual, I may say unprecedented thing in my knowledge of you," said Bulstrode, showing a solicitude as unlike his indifference the day before, as his present recklessness about his own fatigue was unlike his habitual self-cherishing anxiety.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (73% in)
  • They made more distinct within him the uneasy consciousness which had shown its first dim stirrings only a few hours before, that Bulstrode's motives for his sudden beneficence following close upon the chillest indifference might be merely selfish.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (82% in)
  • I cannot be indifferent to the troubles of a man who advised me in my trouble, and attended me in my illness.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (1% in)
  • He could speak to me because I am an indifferent person.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (64% in)
  • To a creature of Will's susceptible temperament—without any neutral region of indifference in his nature, ready to turn everything that befell him into the collisions of a passionate drama—the revelation that Rosamond had made her happiness in any way dependent on him was a difficulty which his outburst of rage towards her had immeasurably increased for him.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (72% in)
  • This was the consciousness that Bulstrode was withering under while he made his preparations for departing from Middlemarch, and going to end his stricken life in that sad refuge, the indifference of new faces.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (93% in)

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