insouciance


a lack of worry or concern

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Many among the new generation of art collectors share Rosen’s INSOUCIANCE about spending enormous sums of money for works of art they really want.”

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insouciance
noun (insouciant - adjective) (insouciantly - adverb)

- a relaxed and happy way of acting without worry or guilt

The Cambridge Dictionary


WORD ORIGIN

“Insouciance” stems from the French insouciant (in = not + se soucier = to care or worry) and from the Latin solicitare “to agitate”.

Insouciance describes a light-hearted, carefree attitude, something not usually associated with serious personalities. But even the most earnest people, such as the Winston Churchill, have their moments of insouciance (see story below).


INSOUCIANT CHURCHILL

During one of Churchill’s overnight stays at the White House, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt unexpectedly opened the door to his guest’s bedroom and found one of the 20th century’s most important statesmen standing in the middle of the room completely naked.

Unconcerned and apparently unembarrassed, Churchill calmly said,

“You see Mr. President, we British have nothing to hide.”


SYNONYMS

- carelessness, heedlessness, indifference, or casual unconcern

absence of feeling, acceptance of the inevitable, aloofness, apathy towards, aplomb, blitheness, breeziness, brown study, carefreeness, casualness, complacence, complacency, composedness, composure, cool-headedness, diffidence, easy-going attitude, equanimity, impassiveness, impassivity, imperturbability, indifference (to), INSOUCIANCE, lack of concern, languidness, languor, leisureliness, level-headedness, loftiness, nonchalance, philosophicalness, placidity, placidness, poise, presence of mind, sangfroid, self-assurance, self-composedness, self-possession, serenity, tranquillity, unconcern (about), unflappability, waters of Lethe


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