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aloof
used in The Mill on the Floss

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Definition
socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others

or:

obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one's dignity or distasteful
  • Tom and Maggie made several inroads into the kitchen, and, like other marauders, were induced to keep aloof for a time only by being allowed to carry away a sufficient load of booty.
    1.6 -- Book 1 Chapter 6 -- The Aunts and Uncles Are Coming (27% in)
  • Kept aloof from all practical life as Philip had been, and by nature half feminine in sensitiveness, he had some of the woman's intolerant repulsion toward worldliness and the deliberate pursuit of sensual enjoyment; and this one strong natural tie in his life,—his relation as a son,—was like an aching limb to him.
    5.3 -- Book 5 Chapter 3 -- The Wavering Balance (96% in)
  • But Stephen did not appear to notice this, and as some lady-purchasers came up, he lounged on toward Maggie's end, handling trifles and standing aloof until Wakem, who had taken out his purse, had finished his t transactions.
    6.9 -- Book 6 Chapter 9 -- Charity in Full-Dress (32% in)
  • They had begun the morning with an indifferent salutation, and both had rejoiced in being aloof from each other, like a patient who has actually done without his opium, in spite of former failures in resolution.
    6.9 -- Book 6 Chapter 9 -- Charity in Full-Dress (35% in)
  • Nevertheless, he had done what he meant to do this evening,—he had kept aloof from her; he had hardly looked at her; and he had been gayly assiduous to Lucy.
    6.10 -- Book 6 Chapter 10 -- The Spell Seems Broken (23% in)
  • He took no notice, but still kept aloof; he had done so frequently during Philip's recent visits.
    6.13 -- Book 6 Chapter 13 -- Borne Along by the Tide (22% in)

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